Boardman Dam Removal and River Restoration

Aerial view of restoration work to improve watershed along Boardman River

Cardno’s restoration specialists are helping create a more biodiverse environment, including a high-quality river and a vital wetland and upland habitat.

This Michigan Department of Natural Resources initiative is removing and modifying four dams to restore the Boardman River, which flows through Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties, to a more natural state.

As a subcontractor to Fresh Water Engineering, Cardno is providing key restoration services along the Boardman River following the removal of a decommissioned hydroelectric dam for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District.

Our team is playing a lead role in:

  • installing a large woody debris structures to assist in restoring the natural function of the river and enhance fish habitat throughout the watershed
  • installing 35 acres of native seeding and erosion control blankets to stabilize the stream banks, reduce soil erosion and the spread of non-native invasive plants, thus improving wildlife and fisheries habitats along the river
  • providing operation, maintenance, and monitoring services of the restoration work performed.

Cardno’s multidisciplinary restoration specialists and ecologists are providing restoration services and maintenance work to support this project’s significant environmental benefits, including the promotion of fish passage up and down the river system. The dam removal has restored a mile and a half of trout stream and reconnected this to another 145 miles of streams.