2018-09-13 / Outdoors

Keep mill pond, residents say


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Trout Unlimited is a biased

Trout Unlimited is a biased entity. Their positions are always to remove any dam, regardless of the owners rights. River fishing is limited to access to the system. There is “fishing” available both in a dam’s impoundment, and just downstream of one that enhances “recreational” opportunity. Dams purposes are multiple and can change over time. Initial built in many of our local communities for sawmill or gristmill, they transcended to hydropower, then recreational or land development, to wetland development. Nature has a way to adapt to changes. Arguments on economics are normally skewed to support ones bias. Fortunately, in Michigan, its the dam owners right to decide on the deposition of their dam. Many of our dams are in need of repair and maintenance. Removal is a viable option. So too is preservation for both historical and operational values, that are hard to assign economic value to. Those decisions are best left to the owner. If others can secure the dam’s ownership, deposition of the dam is then their responsibility.