State Awards Money for Union Street Dam Removal Project

The final dam to be removed as part of the Boardman River Restoration Project is getting a boost.

The state says it will award more than $8 million to five dam removal and repair projects this year.

The Union Street Dam in Traverse City is one of them.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission will also receive more than $1.5 million for a fish passage system at Union Street.

That will let fish through, while helping stop invasive species.

“Essentially what’s going to happen here, there’s a fish sorting channel that approximately 400 feet long, that will allow the scientists to experiment with different ways to selectively move fish up and down through the river system and also how to block selective fish in the system,” said Frank Dituri, Boardman River implementation team.

The Union Street dam removal will allow people to paddle more of the Boardman River as well.