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:
Assess opportunities to facilitate dam removal on
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.
Public Sector Consultants
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Rita Jack
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 4:44 PM
Subject: E-M:/ A Grand Idea - Grand River Cleanup planning / Slideshow available!
Some of you in the
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!
Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club
There's now a slideshow on the website for A Grand
Idea, the initiative for cleaning up the
during the current drawdown.
If folks question whether the clean up is needed, a
picture is worth a thousand words!