160-year-old dam on Grand River removed after long project

LYONS, MICH. - A 160-year-old dam on the Grand River in mid-Michigan has been removed following a lengthy project.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says Wednesday that natural river functions and unimpeded fish movement have been restored in Lyons.

The dam's removal is the culmination of an emergency repair operation that began earlier this year after the western edge of the dam failed and began eroding a bluff where houses stood.

A dam was a fixture in Lyons since 1857, when residents created a dam with cobblestones and timber in order to power a flour mill.

In the dam's place is now a "Newberry riffle," which looks and functions like natural rapids. The design includes a low-flow channel to allow for passage of canoes, kayaks and fish.

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