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Navigational hazards to be removed from Thunder Bay River

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 19, 2017 – 12:24 amNo Comment

Huron Pines will be working with a variety of local volunteer organizations and government entities this summer, to remove navigational hazards in the Thunder Bay River, from the hydro-electric dam in Hillman to M-65 in Long Rapids Township.

The primary purpose of the project is to remove large woody obstructions in the river that act as obstacles to emergency response efforts.

The project will also improve recreational navigation and safety and enjoyment of the river for canoers, kayakers and fishermen.

Only woody material that is obstructing access will be removed.  All other woody debris will be left in place, proving important habitat cover for fish and other aquatic wildlife.  It is also used by basking turtles, perching birds and other terrestrial wildlife.

The work is tentatively scheduled to take place on June 24 and June 25.  Residents interested in participating as a volunteer should contact John Frye at 989-448-2293.

Huron Pines and their partners will be mailing more information to landowners along the project area.

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