- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - A northwest Ohio mayor says removal of the Ballville Dam will be delayed for possibly a year because the Army Corps of Engineers wants more testing of sediment trapped behind the dam.

The (Toledo) Blade reports (https://bit.ly/1hPU89M ) that Fremont Mayor Jim Ellis says the federal agency told him it wouldn’t issue a permit for the removal until testing is completed. A message was left Friday at Corps offices.

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in July to block removal pending more environmental reviews. The environmental group says it is concerned that removing the dam will release potentially contaminated silt down the Sandusky River and into Lake Erie.

Ellis says the delay will cost the city $2 million in federal grant money for the project estimated to cost about $7 million.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/


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