Boardman River-Dam Removal #3

Grant: # 1738

Grant Amount: $430,000.00

Board Decision Year: 2017

Natural Resources Department - Department of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Peshawbestown)

Department of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Garavaglia, James ([email protected])

2017 Habitat Protection and Restoration: Targeted Land and Capital Efforts (Including Barrier Removal) - Habitat protection and restoration

Project Details

As part of the largest dam removal effort in Michigan’s history, the third and final dam, Sabin Dam, has been removed on the Boardman River, a state-designated Natural River and Blue Ribbon trout stream emptying into Lake Michigan. The Boardman Dam Removal Project is a signature effort reconnecting 160 miles of prime fishery habitat by removing three dams and modifying a fourth to block invasives and provide bidirectional selective fish passage to the Great Lakes.

The project involved removal of the Sabin Dam, which represents one of the last major project milestones by completing the final critical step in restoring and reconnecting nearly five miles of high-quality riverine habitat and nearly 140 acres of associated wetland and upland habitats important for the natural function of ecosystem services to the watershed. Such benefits transcend localized improvements and bolster ecological functions operating within Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.


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