April 18, 2010 - Agreement shows cooler heads can make a difference By Terry Drinkwine, Macomb Daily sports columnist - published with permission Macomb Daily In 2008, a dam owned by Golden Lotus Inc. on the Pigeon River, was accused of causing a massive fish kill. Since that incident, a lawsuit for damages has been ongoing. Last Monday, an agreement was reached between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Trout Unlimited and the Pigeon River Country Association and Golden Lotus Inc. The agreement stopped the lawsuit and called for the removal of the dam. All parties agreed to commence the planning of the removal of the dam, which will take several years to minimize the effect on the river, and provide resources to replenish the fish and aquatic life of the system. The dam is more than 100 years old and as all dams do, it has changed the flow of the Pigeon River. It is unclear if the dam removal will restore the flow to its original form or some modification of it. What is clear is that once the dam is removed all life on the river will improve greatly. The Pigeon River runs through the Pigeon River State Forest and is a favorite location for residents to hunt, fish and camp and offers other amenities like sighting elk. After the dam incident, the fish kill was so great, it almost eradicated the trout population for a 6-mile stretch. All that is about to change. This lawsuit could have lingered on for years if cool heads and reasonable men and women didn't come together in the best interest of the Pigeon. That equates to the best interest of the people of Michigan. This action, or the result of this action, is an example of what can happen when reasonable people sit down and in an effort to agree and resolve a bad situation. It should serve as an example of what can be done outside of the courtroom. It speaks volumes to the premise that watchdog groups like the PRCA and TU, will fight to protect our natural resources. In this case, the Pigeon River, but it could just as easily be the Alba well fiasco. Something to think about. Click here for a PDF of the State Of Michigan Civil Complaint document.  Pigeon River Country A Michigan Forest Revised Edition now available Dale Clarke Franz Publication Date: November 2007A new edition of a classic! This updated edition explores why and how the outdoors moves and compels us. While it considers life beyond the boundaries of Pigeon River Country, it is steeped in the specifics of a place that lives mostly on its own, instead of human, terms. "A timely book that addresses serious questions facing those of us who love 'The Big Wild.'" ---Kenneth Glasser, Chairman, Otsego County Board of Commissioners "I seldom have been so moved by any writing as I have by Pigeon River Country. [It] has a power, a clarity, a message that springs from a vision, but also from a deep, inner soul." ---John F. Barton, retired journalist, United Press International and U.S. Information Agency The eagerly awaited new edition of a classic offers memories, myths, and meanings of the largest contiguous piece of wild area in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The Pigeon River Country is a remote and beautiful forest in northern Michigan. Ecologically distinct from most other areas of the United States, this mysterious country, shrouded in forest and laced with waterways, has a unique and storied past. Dale Clarke Franz has collected personal accounts from various people who have called the Pigeon River Country their home---including loggers; conservationists; mill workers; campers; even Ernest Hemingway, who said he loved the forest "better than anything in the world." There are also comprehensive discussions of the area's flora and fauna, guides to the trails and camping sites, and a photo section showcasing the changing face of this hidden national treasure. Dale Clarke Franz http://dalefranz.org/ lived in northern Michigan for 22 years. He has been a newspaper editor, bookstore manager, U.S. Navy officer, college instructor, and portrait photographer. He administered the Otsego County Planning and Zoning Department, which encompassed more than 500 square miles. More recently, he has been a writer for the Ann Arbor Observer. Cover photograph by the author. Now available through The University Of Michigan Press http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=192215
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