The Friends of the Shiawassee River continue to work with State and local governments to help with the removal of the Shiatown Dam and support the restoration of the adjacent County Park. A presentation with current plans was shared with stakeholders that showed example photos of restored conditions. A set of Goals and Objectives have been adopted for the project. While the dam site is owned by the State of Michigan, the Friends are coordinating engineering work, grants, and regulatory approvals. Currently, we have an application pending with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Following dam removal and the creation of new aquatic habitat areas, Shiawassee County will be in a position to make improvements to the adjacent Shiatown Park. A new kayak/canoe launch was installed this fall downstream from the dam site. The County has adopted a new parks plan, and potential upgrades at Shiatown include a new parking area (and less roads), fishing sites, an improved sledding hill, and pedestrian options for connecting the east and west segments of the park via a footbridge, walkways, and trails. These are presented below. Additional approvals and funding will be necessary to implement all of these changes.