Feds OK grants to remove fish passage barriers

August 20, 2013 at 07:39 AM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is awarding $645,000 to Michigan and other Great Lakes states to remove structures that prevent fish from migrating up and down rivers and streams.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will support removal of 12 barriers and reconnect more than 91 stream miles.

Fish passage has been hampered over the years by culverts, dams and dikes. The structures have served beneficial purposes such as flood control and electricity generation, but fish have paid a price.

The agency says removing some barriers helps reverse the harmful effects.

Among the projects to be funded include replacement of a failed culvert on the Boardman River in Traverse City and removal of the Freeport Dam in Kent County. Other projects are in Dickinson, Oceana and Alcona counties.

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