By Howard Meyerson
VANDERBILT — Anglers who like free-flowing streams got a chance to celebrate in September 2014 when the Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat dam was permanently opened on the Pigeon River allowing it to return to a free-flowing state.
It signaled a new era for those popular trout waters.
This year, there is a more to cheer about as phase II of the dam removal project moves forward this month.
Huron Pines, the Gaylordbased conservation organization overseeing the removal, recently announced its fundraising objectives have
“We hope to break ground the second week in October, said Lisha Ramsdell, the program director for Huron Pines. “All of the utilities will be disconnected and the downstream sand trap is in place to catch sediments when we remove the dam.”
Deconstruction will cost $365,000, money Huron Pines raised from private donations, a $293,000 state Aquatic Habitat grant and a $5,000 donation from the Mullet Lake Area Preservation Society. The Pigeon River empties into Mullett Lake. Continue reading