Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 11/11


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The bottom line

I grew up spending summers tenting along the banks of the Boardman, canoeing and trout fishing on the land my father bought more than 50 years ago. He built a small family cabin. It's not fancy or large, but this is my second home. It's been placed at risk by those who thought to "save a buck" by eliminating the river-regulating dams.

As I'm sure you have already done the calculations, would the county Treasurer, Ms. Heidi Scheppe or the Commission Chairman, Mr. Larry Inman, be our public servants and publish the decrease in property values of those along the Boardman and the dam ponds and also the decrease in property tax revenues?

Did the county also calculate the increased costs of flood insurance and the lack of resale value in the properties along the river and former lakes? Have those been compared directly to the projected savings from the dams? Do they offset one another?

I believe that the Grand Traverse region will lose more than a well-regulated scenic river (when it becomes a muddy trickle in a summer drought or floods in the spring), they'll lose revenues. And that, sadly, is what seems to be the bottom line.

Sharon Komar

Phoenix, Ariz., and Boardman River resident

A lack of foresight?

I have some thoughts in regard to the Brown Bridge Dam disaster. Could the process of driving the sheet piling destabilize the earthern berm and cause a failure in the release of the water? If so, wouldn't this indicate a lack of foresight of those responsible?

Clarence Kroupa

Traverse City