FishPass (at the Union Street Dam)


Questions regarding the proposed Fish Passage in Traverse City

How well, and how wil, this FishPass work? 

Will the engineering design  be “patented” or “copyrighted” and available for purchase?  Will an individual benefit financially?

Shareholder values apparently are a large consideration, why not city residents and taxpayer values?

Who were these shareholders and whom did they represent?

Who in the city made the decision to buy in to the project and bring it to the City commission?

Did the city accept the proposal or buy into the whole project, funding and all?

Why was the Fish Passage idea not shared with the public before it went to the City Commission and DDA ?

How much is Traverse City contributing to the Fish Passage?

Who pays for maintenance, and who manages and oversees this complicated process?

What about overall assessments of toxic sediments behind the dam, and how will that be cleaned up? Who pays for that?

If the Fish Passage is supposed to be for research who is pushing to have this first experiment here with the Boardman/Ottaway River’s trout fishery?

What about control of lighting and noise?

After the public forums will the stakeholders be able to make changes?

If the Fish Passage does not protect and deliver as projected, what is the city’s recourse?

Invasive problems will affect more than TC. It will become a multiple county  problem. Why does the city get to put 287 square miles of watershed at risk?  

If it fails outright, who pays for cleanup and reconstruction?

Who will be responsible for any liability issues in the future?


Boardman River

The lower Boardman River from Boardman Lake to Lake Michigan will be the focus of study. As it travels through Traverse City it still has some natural shoreline which The Watershed Center GT Bay, NMEAC and others want to preserve. 






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