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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2011

Contact:
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314, Rick Westerhof, 231-584-3553

Open House on Brown Bridge Dam Removal Project - June 21, 2011


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Boardman River Implementation Team (BRIT), will host an open house from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on June 21, 2011 at the Civic Center in Traverse City, Mich., to receive input and comments from the public as part of an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the environmental impacts of the proposed removal of Brown Bridge Dam.

Who: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Boardman River Implementation Team
What: Public open house on proposed Brown Bridge Dam removal
When: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. June 21, 2011
Where: Civic Center, 1213 West Civic Center Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686

The EA under consideration will evaluate three proposed actions as pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. These actions are:

No Action: Leave dam/powerhouse/spillway in-place, maintain Brown Bridge Pond.

Dam Removal with Active Restoration: Dam removal (i.e., breach the dam, remove portions of the dam embankment as well as the powerhouse and spillway); actively construct restored river/wetland complexes within dewatered pond area.

Dam Removal without Active Restoration: Dam removal (i.e., breach the dam, remove portions of the dam embankment as well as the powerhouse and spillway); allow passive/natural processes to establish river channel and associated bottomland wetlands.

The open house meeting format will provide the public the opportunity to obtain information regarding the environmental assessment analysis and related environmental issues. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Boardman River Dams Implementation Team will be available to take questions, and drawings of the conceptual plan will be on display. Written comments may be made on forms provided at the meeting or may be directed by July 21, 2011 to:

Sandra Sroonian
MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.
41 Hughes Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
Email: slsroonian@mactec.com

For more information about the Boardman Dams Project visit http://www.theboardman.org/.
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Last updated: November 4, 2013