New Construction Projects For Happier Fish

Infrastructure affects more than just the humans who rely on it everyday. It also plays a role in how animals may or may not get to where they need to go. There are been a growing number of highway modifications that also consider the movement of wildlife, and in Frankenmuth, Michigan, a new, and long-planned construction project serves as an example of that. Over the next six weeks, construction crews will be adding a tiered ramp over a dam in the Cass River. The ramp is being built especially for local bass and other fish. Why is Frankenmuth investing so much in their aquatic neighbors?

Frankenmuth fish passage construction underway after 13 years of planning | MLive.com

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“’The fish we like to eat today prefer certain areas for spawning,’ [Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority executive director, Shelia] Stamiris said. ‘Those areas became blocked by the dam. The fish population has gone down. The fish ladder will provide a permanent repair and keep the river profile as it is now.’ The project costs an estimated $3.5 million.  It is funded through the City of Frankenmuth, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. ‘It’s an interesting hybrid of a project,’ Stamiris said. ‘They each wanted their say in this area. We came up with a good solution. We’re really pleased they could all come together. There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the project.’”

What are your thoughts on this type of infrastructure project? Do you think Frankenmuth is making a smart investment with this local, wildlife focused construction project? Would you like to see this kind of solution implemented at a dam in your area?

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