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E-M:/ RE: / A Grand Idea - Grand River Cleanup planning / Slideshow available!

Rare is the occasion that controversy is not prevalent in the course of considering a dam removal. Research carried out by Public Sector Consultants suggests that

improving fish passage and natural reproduction and considering selective dam removal is limited primarily by the following:

n      Lack of understanding and knowledge at the local level of the value and type of ecological restoration techniques now possible

n      Lack of public support for dam removal as a viable tool for river restoration

n      Decisions on dam removal are often made with incomplete and inaccurate information in emotionally charged and divisive atmospheres

n      Lack of financial resources to achieve desirable fish passage techniques, including dam removal

Below is a link to a recent report from the Michigan River Partnership (MRP) titled, "The Growing Crisis of Aging Dams: Policy Considerations and Recommendations for Michigan Policy Makers." The MRP is a broad-based coalition of government and nongovernment partners formed in 2004 to:

n      Assess opportunities to facilitate dam removal on Michigan rivers

n      Highlight the need to repair dams that are not candidates for removal

n      Provide dam owners, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders with the information necessary to optimize decision-making processes at the local level

n      Underscore the need for dedicated funding to address emerging challenges posed by aging dams

If you have any questions about the report, feel free to contact me at 517-371-7461.
Mark Coscarelli
Public Sector Consultants

From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Rita Jack
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 4:44 PM
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: E-M:/ A Grand Idea - Grand River Cleanup planning / Slideshow available!

Michigan Friends,


Some of you in the Lansing area are aware the water level of the Grand River has been drawn down between our two dams to allow the Board of Water and Light access to inspect their dams.  Yes, the whole idea is very controversial, but it's already been done, the water is down NOW, so what's next? 


Well - some of you may also know there's a plan afoot to clean the river bed of some of the junk that's gotten stuck there over the years.  Check the website at http://agrandidea.jandyonline.com for a slide show to show you the junk that's there!  A lot of that stuff should just not be there- can you help clean it out?  We'll need a lot of muscle! 


We're meeting tonight from 7 - 9pm at Gone Wired to discuss some more details.  The website has meeting details.  Even if you can't help with organizing, we can keep you posted on work days - just let us know!  The work days are still to be determined. 


Thanks for your help with A Grand Idea! 





Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

tel:  517-484-2372


Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.




-----Original Message-----
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 4:17 PM
Subject: A Grand Idea - Slideshow on website


Hello, all.


There's now a slideshow on the website for A Grand

Idea, the initiative for cleaning up the Grand River

during the current drawdown.




If folks question whether the clean up is needed, a

picture is worth a thousand words!