- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan has awarded $350,000 to four projects that will remove obsolete dams or fix those needing repairs.

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say the Dam Management Grant Program results in improved fisheries, aquatic resources and public safety. It was established in 2012.

A committee of staffers with the DNR and Department of Environmental Quality staff reviewed the proposals with local fisheries biologists and technical experts.

Grants included $102,050 for the Otsego Dam removal project on the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County; $90,750 for the Pucker Street Dam removal project on the Dowagiac River in Berrien County; $53,800 for the Union Springs Dam removal in the Porcupine Mountains in Ontonagon County; and $103,400 for the Big Creek impoundment repair project in Crawford County.

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