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My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up
My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Plainfield Township Board is poised to financially back an environmental group's plan to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Board last month, as part of a county coldwater habitat project.

During its regular meeting March 17, the Plainfield Township Board is expected to approve adding $15,000 to the budget for watershed improvement projects by the Schrems chapter.  Zuiderveen says the City of Rockford has already committed to the project.

If all goes well,  Zuiderveen says the cleanup effort would begin this summer and continue through 2015.