Dam that caused fish kills on Pigeon River removed - WNEM TV 5

Dam that caused fish kills on Pigeon River removed

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VANDERBILT, Mich. (AP) -

A dam that caused numerous fish kills in a northern Michigan river has finally been removed.

The Pigeon River was dammed several times since the late 1800s to help float logs, create a fishing pond and generate electric power for a yoga retreat. Operational and mechanical errors over the years allowed sediment releases that killed hundreds of thousands of trout.

Scientists said the dams also caused variations in water levels and temperatures that harmed aquatic life in the blue-ribbon brook trout stream.

State agencies sued the yoga retreat near Vanderbilt over the latest major fish kill in 2008. Ultimately, a settlement was reached that called for dismantling the structure.

An increase in Michigan sports license fees two years ago helped pay to remove the dam.

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