FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2012
Katie Steiger-Meister, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 612-713-5317
Rick Westerhof, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 231-584-3553
Draft Environmental Assessment of Brown Bridge Dam Removal Project – Public Review
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Boardman River Dams Project Implementation Team (IT), is announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Brown Bridge Dam Removal Project for public review.
The EA under consideration is prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and provides a description of the overall project Purpose and Need, alternatives considered as part of the analysis and an assessment of impacts from project alternatives. Alternatives considered in detail include the following:
- No Action: Leave dam/powerhouse/spillway in-place and maintain Brown Bridge Pond.
- Dam Removal with Restoration: Dam removal (i.e., breach the dam, remove portions of the dam embankment as well as the powerhouse and spillway); complete river and bottomland restoration measures within dewatered pond area.
Please visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/documents/BrownBridge_Draft_EA_3-19-12.pdf to download the complete Draft EA. The Draft EA document may also be viewed for 30 days from the date of this notice at the following locations:
- Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City, MI;
- The City of Traverse City, 400 Boardman Avenue, 2nd Floor; City Manager’s Office, Traverse City, MI;
- East Bay Township, 1965 Three Mile Road North, Traverse City, MI;
- Grand Traverse Conservation District, Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI; and
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Elmira Field Office, 6644 Turner Road, Elmira, MI.
- The document may also be viewed on the Boardman River Dams Project website, http://www.theboardman.org.
The Draft EA is available for public review and comment within 30 days of this announcement, or by April 27, 2012. Written comments can be submitted to Sandra Sroonian at:
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
41 Hughes Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
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