- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

CORWITH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has settled its lawsuit against a yoga retreat where a dam malfunctioned in 2008, killing thousands of fish in the Pigeon River in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality sued Golden Lotus, the nonprofit owner of the Song of the Morning Ranch where the accident occurred. It’s in Corwith Township, about 65 miles east-northeast of Traverse City.

Golden Lotus settled in Otsego County Circuit Court, agreeing to work with Michigan to reverse the effects of a large sediment release.

The state says it sued to recover damages and ensure the dam will be permanently fixed. Golden Lotus was fined $120,000 to be paid over eight years.

Work is scheduled to begin this spring to return the river to its natural course.


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