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Ypsilanti To Discuss Next Steps In The Process Of Removing The Peninsular Paper Dam

Nov 17, 2020

Ypsilanti’s City Council will receive an update Tuesday night from the Huron River Watershed Council on plans to remove the Peninsular Paper Dam.  

The city has been awarded a $330,000 grant by the State of Michigan to conduct additional studies on how removing the dam will impact the environment and surrounding structures.  City Council Member Steve Wilcoxen from the second ward says a preliminary study indicated that nearby bridges may be affected.

Council Member Steve Wilcoxen: When the dam comes out, the water will be narrower but moving at higher rate, and so, with that, when it comes into contact with pilings for those bridges, there will be greater force on that.  It will create a scouring effect.

Wilcoxen says it could be a couple of years before the city removes the dam.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu