Fishery Issues Slow Boardman River Redevelopment

by Terry L. Hampton, Mead & Hunt Inc, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


At issue was the requirement of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to require the establishment of fish ladders at the hydro sites. The fisheries management plan for the Boardman River adopted by MDNR called for stocking salmon and the introduction of steelhead into the middle Boardman River. The river is a Class AA brook and brown trout fishery that local citizenery did not want depleted by introduction of salmon. This conflict delayed the 970 KW Boardman redevelopment and the 490 KW Sabin plant redevelopment. The final agreement waived the fish passage requirement in exchange for fish trap-transfer and harvest facilities.

Subject Headings: Fish management | Rivers and streams | Fishways | Hydro power | Natural resources | Wildlife | High-rise buildings | Agreements and treaties

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