Argo Out: The Huron River Restored

For months, pro-Argo advocates have speculated about what the Argo-stretch of river will look like with the dam removed. While hoards of data and hundreds of nationwide examples exist to demonstrate the results of dam removal, the Huron River Watershed Council now provides a visual portrayal for those without imagination:

Huron River Restoration at Argo Pond


Grand Rapids kayakers advocate for river restoration

In June, a similar rally was held in Ann Arbor on the Huron River. READ ABOUT HERE. Despite invitations, not a single member of the Ann Arbor media or city council showed up to support the kayaking community. In September, Ann Arbor Mayor, John Hieftje, dismissed the possibility of removing Argo Dam--a move that would restore a six-mile section of the Huron River and put Ann Arbor on the map as lower Michigan's premier paddling destination.


The Environment Report: A New Look at Old Dams

Public radio listeners heard/will hear a story on today's Environment Report about the 80,000 dams that exist on waterways in the United States. A portion of the transcript follows:

Ron Corso is with the United States Society on Dams.

“There’s enough sites out there to dramatically increase the amount of hydropower that exists today, and the FERC has more applications in front of it than it has in twenty years.” The FERC is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It's the government agency that oversees dams.

Corso says communities are weighing the economic costs before repairing or retro-fitting an old dam.

And if the dam is small – say under 20 feet tall – Corso says it often is not worth the cost.

The height of Argo Dam: 18 feet

Full story: The Environment Report: A New Look at Old Dams