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There are 1 comment on the Detroit Free Press story from Sep 24, 2006, titled Around the state. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

A northern Michigan river that teemed with trout before loggers ravaged it in the 1800s is getting a makeover -- including the removal of a dam and the dredging of silt -- to restore its former grandeur.

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Gary W Main

Big Rapids, MI

#1 Sep 25, 2006
As with the Big rapids Dam Removal project, Less the 10 percent of the silt will be dredged, and the rest of it will fill the Muskegon river, to ultimately plug the Rogers Dam backwaters completely shut. As it sets now areas of fish and wildlife along the river all downstream of Big Rapids are completely filled with silt, and yet millions of square feet of silt remain. All one has to do is look north of the old dam, and see the 4-6 ft banks on the east side of the river. this is ALL SILT. that entire grassy plain that the riverwalk {rivercrock} is laid upon is nothing but silt. One good season of high water and that whole multi million yards of silt will plug this former great stream completly. I promise if you wanted to drain Rogers Pond, it could be done in 24 hours. What was once deep clean water is now silted shut. And now you can expect millions more yards of silt to come flowing down. Oh yes the people paid good money to remove silt from Big Rapids Dam removal. However they just didnt get anything from their money. The cash, just like the silt flowed away out of sight and out of mind.

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