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E-M:/ free-flowing Dead River in the Upper Peninsula

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>

In May 2003, the failure of an earthen dike west of Marquette resulted in the destruction of the Tourist Park Dam on the Dead River. Since that time, a citizens group has formed to promote the idea of a free-flowing stream, meaning that the dam would not be rebuilt. It's an important symbol of the fight to free more of Michigan's rivers for habitat benefits.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power is now considering whether to rebuild the dam and re-create the reservoir behind it. Citizens concerned about the proposal have asked Michigan conservationists and environmentalists to contact the Board to let them know that this is an issue of statewide significance.

Benefits of not rebuilding the dam would include:

* over three miles of quality habitat accessible to coho salmon, chinook salmon, steelhead, and potentially lake sturgeon.

* a highly desirable urban fishery within the Marquette city limits.

* Imroved water quality by increasing dissolved oxygen and lowering water temperatures, both important for fish survival.

Persons interested in speaking out should contact the Board:

Mr. David Hickey, Executive Director
Dr. Craig Stien, Chair
Marquette Board of Light & Power
2200 Wright St.
Marquette, MI  49855

More information about "Citizens for a Free-Flowing Dead River" is available here:


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