In Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says
most of the state’s almost 2,400 dams—74 percent of them under private
—“were built decades ago and many have deteriorated due to age,
poor maintenance, flood damage and poor designs.
that no longer make sense, that stand in disrepair,
or are not removed
are at significant risk of failure,
particularly during high flow
The state’s Dam Management Program has provided grants for
some dam removal projects, including ones in
Shiawassee (Shiawassee River) .
Removing dams improves fish migration, improves water quality and habitat,
and enables the distribution of sediments such as silt and sand
as “part of the natural process of rivers,” according to
of the advocacy group American Rivers.
reduces the risk to human safety from dams
that may collapse and creates
recreational opportunities for anglers and kayakers.
Via - Eric Freedman
The director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.