Dam projects in Crawford, Shiawassee counties share $350,000 in funding

City of Corunna, DNR Fisheries Division get support for removal, repair efforts.
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Statewide DNR News

March 14, 2016

Contact: Chris Freiburger, 517-284-5824 or Kelly Parker, 517-284-5957

Recipients of $350,000 from DNR's Dam Management Grant Program announced

Corunna Dam

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved two Dam Management Grant Program projects totaling $350,000. These projects will help remove obsolete structures or repair functioning dams, resulting in improved fisheries, aquatic resources and public safety.

The two projects funded this year are:

  • The city of Corunna, which was awarded $301,500 to provide assistance to fund the Corunna Dam #379 removal project located on the Shiawassee River (Shiawassee County).

  • The DNR Fisheries Division, which was awarded $48,500 to further fund the Big Creek Impoundment repair project (Crawford County).

This grant program was designed and launched in late 2012 to support Gov. Rick Snyder’s initiative concerning local infrastructure needs, and is funded by General Fund dollars appropriated by the Legislature for this purpose. A committee consisting of DNR and Department of Environmental Quality staff, along with local fisheries biologists and technical experts, reviewed the proposals.

“Grants awarded this year will fund projects that enhance aquatic environments and fishing opportunities in Michigan,” said Chris Freiburger, coordinator of the Dam Management Grant Program. “The funded projects will also reduce long-term infrastructure costs and improve public safety throughout the state.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Dam Management Grant Program, including detailed descriptions of approved grant projects, should visit michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested captions follows.

CorunnaDam: The removal of Corunna Dam in Shiawassee County is one of two projects that received funds from the DNR's Dam Management Grant Program. 

BigCreekImpoundmentDam: Repairs will continue on the Big Creek Impoundment in Crawford County, thanks to a grant from the DNR's Dam Management Grant Program./


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