- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - A newly completed project in Frankenmuth is opening more than 70 miles of river and spawning habitat for walleye, lake sturgeon and other Great Lakes fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a contractor recently finished building a rock ramp in the Cass River providing a 3 percent elevation. It will enable fish to bypass a dam that for 150 years had blocked them from reaching spawning areas farther inland.

The goal is to restore the river’s walleye population so it can sustain itself through natural reproduction and help improve the fishery in Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay.

Federal agencies and the city of Frankenmuth contributed to the $2.5 million project.

The Frankenmuth dam is about 20 miles south of Saginaw Bay.

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