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Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:28

Project to build fish passage at Cass River dam

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - Plans are in the works to build a passage for fish in Frankenmuth so they can swim past the site of a dam on the Cass River. Spokesman Tom Black with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District says that a construction contract likely will be awarded in late summer or fall 2014. In March, officials said construction was to start this fall. The $3.4 million project about 75 miles northwest of Detroit will remove a 9-foot dam and replace it with rock steps. Frankenmuth is responsible for $1.4 million for the project. It's been roughly 150 years since fish could swim past the dam. The work will open spawning ground for walleye and other fish such as sturgeon, and allow canoeists and kayakers more river access.