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E-M:/ DNR Completes Repairs to Presque Isle Dam



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 27 July 2005
Contacts: Ann Wilson or Robert Doepker at 906-228-6561					
DNR Completes Repairs to Presque Isle Dam

Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials today announced reconstruction of the Presque Isle Dam south of Marenisco in Gogebic County has been completed, reestablishing the 800-acre Presque Isle wildlife impoundment.

"The impoundment has long been cherished by local residents for wildlife viewing, trapping, fishing and other recreational activities, such as canoeing and kayaking," said Robert Doepker, western Upper Peninsula wildlife management supervisor.
 
The Presque Isle Dam suffered significant damage during spring floods in 2002 and it took the cooperative efforts of private citizens and several organizations, working in partnership with federal, state and local governmental agencies, to secure the funding needed to repair the dam.

A small grant for funding the dam repairs was obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But even with the FEMA grant, Doepker said the state still lacked the total funds to cover engineering and construction costs. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and Ducks Unlimited both stepped in to provide the additional funding needed to complete the project.

The actual reconstruction was done by DNR Parks and Recreation Division employees from the Baraga and Norway field offices.

"Their hard work, ingenuity and dedication to a quality job impressed government officials, local residents, and the engineering and construction firms that monitored the project," Doepker said.

Doepker also expressed appreciation to the following individuals and organizations for their support and assistance throughout the project: John Patrick and Bob Adams, Michigan Department of Management and Budget; FEMA-Michigan State Police; Ducks Unlimited; Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission; Gundlach-Champion; Coleman Engineering; the United States Forest Service; Gogebic County; Marenisco Township; DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division personnel; Joyce and Conrad Conley; and many other local residents who helped during different phases of the project.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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