Four months ago a dam collapse in Michigan called into question the solidity of four area dams. No a proposal to replace the dams has been put forward: $338 million.
The interesting thing about this is that the dam reconstruction project is being put forward as an act of environmental restoration.
“This is a 100-year-old lake system almost. It’s got a history of being lakes, it’s got a legal lake level. We see this now as an environmental restoration program,” said Four Lakes Task Force President Dave Kepler.
One of the riddles of environmental restoration is what condition constitutes restoration? In this case, is it the river before dam construction, or the rivers with dams and the reservoirs that have long been a mainstay of the local economy. This is one to watch.