The Corps looks to next steps with the ecosystem restoration project on the Boardman River

Published July 11, 2014

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, will co-host a public information session on a proposed ecosystem restoration project on the Boardman River.   

USACE has completed the feasibility study on the proposed project and in cooperation with Grand Traverse County, the City of Traverse City, URS Corp. (USACE Contractor), Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, State of Michigan, and Grand Traverse Conservation District will be available at an open house information session to answer questions about the project.   

USACE and its local partners’ public information session will be held:

Date:  Thursday, August 7, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Grand Traverse County Civic Center
1213 W Civic Center Dr, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

This public information session is scheduled to allow the public to learn more about the overall project and ask any questions they may have, and in addition, if the public has verbal or written comments they may provide them at that time.

USACE is accepting comments on this project now through August 15, 2014. Comments may be sent to:

Charles A. Uhlarik
Chief, Environmental Analysis Branch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District
477 Michigan Avenue,
Detroit, Michigan, 48226-2550

E-mail comments may be sent to:

The USACE completed feasibility study includes a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing a proposed ecosystem restoration project on the Boardman River, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

The proposed action involves removal of the Boardman and Sabin Dams, and modifications to the Union Street Dam.  The project would eliminate barriers to fish passage within the Boardman River and provide improved downstream fish passage into Lake Michigan, while continuing to block upstream movement of aquatic nuisance species.  The ponds that formed behind the Boardman and Sabin Dams would be replaced with natural stream features to reconnect and restore habitat within the Boardman River system.  The proposed project documents are available for review online at:  

A paper copy of the documents may be reviewed at the Traverse City District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, Michigan (inquire at the reference desk.)


Lynn Rose

Release no. 14-011