Dam News: 19 – 26 October, 2012
“Dam news” is a round-up of news and events related to dams and dam removal, brought to you by the Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information (CDRI), a project administered by the Water Resources Collections and Archives. Visit CDRI for more on dams and dam removal.
Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Hofman Dam Removal
IGNN (press release) – Oct 26, 2012
RIVERSIDE – Governor Pat Quinn today moved forward with a major initiative that will significantly improve the health of Illinois waterways by removing or modifying 16 low-head dams throughout the state over the next several years. At an event in Riverside, the governor announced the completion of the Hofmann Dam removal. The dam removal initiative is the latest by Governor Quinn to protect the environment and preserve Illinois’ natural resources.
River Run Project Will Remove Low Dam
WDTN – Oct 25, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A low dam in the Great Miami River through Dayton will be taken out. It’s part of the River Run Project that will put canoes and kayaks on the water near Riverscape MetroPark.
Gov. Quinn Coming to Riverside on Friday
Riverside Brookfield Landmark – Oct 25, 2012
Gov. Pat Quinn will be in Riverside on Friday to mark the completion of the Hofmann Dam removal and improvements to Swan Pond Park. The governor will be joined by local officials as well as representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a press conference slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. on the southwest corner of Fairbank and Barrypoint roads, adjacent to the site of the former dam.
USGS Monitors Elwha Sediment from Dam Removal
The Seattle Times – Oct 23, 2012
PORT ANGELES – The U. S. Geological Survey says removing the two dams on the Elwha River is exposing 24 million cubic yards of sediment deposited in the reservoirs.
Fremont Still Deliberating on Ballville Dam
Fremont News Messenger – Oct 22, 2012
FREMONT — With the city’s reservoir project close to completion, Mayor Jim Ellis said an engineering firm hired by the city is more than half finished with its design for the Ballville Dam’s removal.
Dam Removal Mishap Raises More Questions, Concerns
Michigan Capitol Confidential – Oct 20, 2012
Questions continue to swirl as to why the Brown River Dam removal process on Grand Traverse County’s Boardman River resulted in a breach earlier this month.
Hopewell Mills Dam Removal Praised
Taunton Daily Gazette – Oct 19, 2012
TAUNTON — For the first time in decades herring and eel stand a fighting chance in Taunton. And they owe it all to a public-private collaboration of environmental agencies and non-profits.
Dam Removal in Taunton Aims to Boost River Herring Population
SouthCoastToday.com – Oct 19, 2012
TAUNTON — In 1920, a fishery biologist assessing the condition of the Mill River in Taunton concluded that it was so badly polluted by industrial waste and obstructed by dams that “the reestablishment of the old herring fishery is an impossibility.”