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Friday, 04 October 2013 10:33

Popular fishing site along Au Sable River reopens

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) - A popular fishing site at Consumers Energy's hydroelectric plant at Foote Dam on the Au Sable River has reopened following a construction project. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says the site near Oscoda in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula had been closed since May. The fishing site, which is used in particular during salmon and steelhead runs, is operated under a lease agreement. It reopened Thursday. Consumers Energy says minor construction activity will continue at the site, such as sign installation and cleanup. Foote Dam was completed in 1917. The powerhouse includes three turbine-generators capable of producing about 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. Consumers Energy and the state Department of Natural Resources announced plans for the project in 2012.