TU helping with Boardman Dam removal in Michigan

Trout Unlimited has been acting as a sub-contractor to provide construction oversight of the Boardman Dam Removal river restoration project in Traverse City, Mich., an effort that will continue through early 2018.

The Boardman Dam, originally constructed in 1894 as a hydropower generation dam, had no fish passage capabilities.

The project is one of three dam removals on the Boardman River, with a goal to enhance and restore cold water habitat and to reconnect 160 miles of high quality river habitat.

The Boardman restoration project is considered to be the most comprehensive dam removal and restoration projects in Michigan’s history and one of the largest such projects in the Great Lakes Basin. The river restoration construction wok of hte Board Dam removal began in the spring of 2017 and will be complete in the late spring of 2018.

Below are a few more pictures that show the scope of this major project.

Crews install large wood in the upper portion of the Boardman Dam removal project.

Looking upstream at bank and floodplain construction in the upper portion of the former impoundment of Boardman Pond.

A view looking upstream from the Boardman Dam. The dewatering pipes were being used to draw down the pond impoundment in a controlled fashion.

A view looking upstream of bank construction work taking place below the former dam site.

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.