Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 8, 2012

Who's behind dam removal project


---- — The Implementation Team

The IT was formed by dam owners Traverse City and Grand Traverse County in 2005 to work on a settlement agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decommission Boardman, Brown Bridge and Sabin dams.

It makes recommendations and decisions concerning overall planning and direction of the dam removal process. All meetings are open to the public and subject to the Open Meetings Act.

The team hired Conservation Resource Alliance in 2009 as project manager of "The Boardman: A River Reborn" dam removal and river restoration project.

CRA is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1968 that encourages "sensible stewardship of the land" and pushes for private land owners, government agencies and commercial businesses to work together on land-use solutions.

IT members represent 12 participating organizations:

n Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

n City of Traverse City

n Grand Traverse County

n Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

n Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition

n Traverse City Light & Power

n U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ex Officio Members

n Conservation Resource Alliance

n Grand Traverse Conservation District

n Grand Traverse County Road Commission

n Rotary Camps and Services

n The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay