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Lake Superior gates to be automated, improving fish spawning

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) -

A set of gates that helps control water flow out of Lake Superior is being automated.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $8 million contract for a project that will enable staffers to open and close the gates remotely from the Soo Locks control center at Sault Ste. Marie. Presently, they can be open and shut only by hand-cranking mechanical gears.

The 16 gates cross the U.S.-Canadian border on the St. Marys River.

An 80-acre area of rapids just downstream is one of the Great Lakes' most productive fish spawning areas.

Officials say the project will give the Corps more flexibility to operate the gates in ways that will improve conditions for fish.

Construction is scheduled to begin next spring and be finished in December 2018.

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