HRWC Dams and Impoundments Program
In 1995, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources “Fisheries Research Report” recommended removing select dams to improve fisheries.
On the Huron River, the MDNR identified three dams for removal:
- Argo in Ann Arbor
- Mill Pond in Dexter (this dam is now removed)
- Peninsular Paper in Ypsilanti (feasibility study for removing the dam is in process)
At that time and the years since, HRWC has supported the communities in which these dams are located with technical assistance about stream flows, the impacts of dams and other flow alterations, and options for dam management.
In the last several years, HRWC’s work with dams has broadened to look at all 100 dams across the watershed. HRWC is learning more about the systematic problems caused by an entire watershed of dams, as well as problems caused by specific dams. HRWC will continually work with all communities, dam owners, and dam operators in improving the functionality of their dams and potentially removing the dams altogether.
To learn more about the general threats that dams and impoundments pose to the health of a river, go here.