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August 9, 2019

Department of Natural Resources awards funding for Niles dam removal improving safety

first_img15Apr Department of Natural Resources awards funding for Niles dam removal, improving safety for anglers via City of Niles (www.ci.niles.mi.us)The newly formed Aquatic Habitat Grant Program from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources today granted funding to the City of Niles to remove the potentially unsafe Pucker Street Dam, announced state Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township.“Safety has been a big concern when deciding the fate of the Pucker Street Dam,” Pagel said. “At the end of the day, the city can’t make take the necessary steps without financial resources. I’m so glad the DNR found this project worthy of execution, because the district’s safety is always a top priority in Lansing.”The more than 80-year-old Pucker Street Dam originally generated electricity, but is no longer operable due to structural degradation. It became a popular fishing location, however it poses a safety threat to those around it in the case of collapse. Proposed restorations were deemed economically infeasible, so the city sought state and federal funding to assist with its removal.“The DNR put serious thought and consideration into this $200,000 award, and I’m very grateful for that,” Pagel said. “The Pucker Street Dam has been possibly hazardous for some time, and now the City of Niles will be able to make a difference for area anglers by improving safety.”This is the first grant cycle of the program since its inception in January, which aims to protect and rehabilitate Michigan’s aquatic resources and develop self-sustaining aquatic communities to promote recreation and economic growth. The Pucker Street Dam Removal is one of eight projects being funded by the program in 2014, which total a $1 million investment in Michigan’s natural resources.The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program is funded with revenue from the sales of newly simplified hunting and fishing licenses. More information about this and other Department of Natural Resources grants is available online at michigan.gov/dnr-grants.### Categories: News,Pagel Newslast_img read more