The Department of Natural Resources has approved two Dam Management Grant Program projects totaling $350,000. These projects will help remove or repair obsolete structures and improve aquatic resources and public safety.
The two projects funded this year were:
- Timberland Resource Conservation & Development in Kent County was awarded $250,000 to fund the Hubbardston Dam removal project located on Fish Creek (Ionia County).
- DNR Fisheries Division was awarded $100,000 to fund the Foch Lake Flooding Dam renovation project (Montmorency County).
This grant program was designed and launched in late 2012 to support Gov. Rick Snyder's initiative concerning local infrastructure needs and was funded by General Fund dollars appropriated by the Legislature for this purpose. A committee consisting of DNR and DEQ staff, along with local fisheries biologists and technical experts, reviewed the proposals.
"Grants awarded this year will enhance aquatic environments and fishing opportunities in Michigan," said Chris Freiburger, coordinator of the Dam Management Grant Program. "They will also reduce long-term infrastructure costs and improve public safety throughout the state."
Anyone interested in learning more about the Dam Management Grant Program, including detailed descriptions of the approved grant projects, should visit www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.