Updated June 2, 2016, Corunna, MI -- After decades of decay, the Corunna dam will be removed and the Shiawassee River restored, thanks to grants from the State of Michigan, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the privately-funded Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN).
The City of Corunna received a $301,500 grant from the Michigan of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the beginning of the year, and recently was awarded a $33,500 grant from US Fish and Wildlife Service. With this funding in hand, the City has sufficient resources to remove the remnants of a dam that has troubled the community for several years.
The dam has also been a barrier to small boat passage with no good opportunity for portage. Dam removal and replacement with a passable riffle section will further support a future national river trail designation for the Shiawassee. Work is expected to be undertaken in 2017.
The Friends of the Shiawassee River played an early role in this effort by bringing together federal, state and local officials to investigate dam removal options. A US Fish and Wildlife Service grant awarded to the Friends was used to hire an engineering firm that analyzed the situation, consulted with stakeholders, and presented alternatives. The Friends also supported the City of Corunna in its recent application for a restoration grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN).