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Posted on: February 22, 2019

Dam Modification/Removal Feasibility Study - March 20

In conjunction with the Cities of Troy and Piqua, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting multiple public meetings to update residents and interested stakeholders about the Dam Modification/Removal Feasibility Study. 

Project Background:
As societies increasingly recognize the value of rivers to economic, societal, and ecological health and wellness, it has become increasingly evident that most low head dams are a hindrance to progress.  The Cities of Troy and Piqua, in their ongoing pursuit of creating better quality of life for residents and visitors alike, are reimagining what the Great Miami River looks like as it flows through their respective towns.  This includes understanding how the low head dams play into this vision, and their place in the river’s future.

About the feasibility study:
The proposed dam modification/removal in both Cities initiated a need for local leaders and residents to better understand the feasibility of the process including but not limited to: permitting, hydrologic and environmental impacts, cost-estimates, and potential mitigation requirements. A 2017 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant was awarded to the Miami SWCD to explore the possibility of dam removal and/or modification of the existing dams located in Troy and Piqua, Ohio along the Miami River. The feasibility study includes a preliminary investigation into the means and methods of modifying and/or removing three dams within the Cities limits. 

About the public forum:
The program will feature representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Miami County SWCD, the Cities of Troy and Piqua, and FlatLand Resources LLC. Representatives will discuss national dam removal trends, benefits and challenges to dam modification/removal, and information about the project and its goals.  This will be a time to ask questions and offer your opinions/suggestions for what you would like to see on the Great Miami River.

Meeting Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 6pm
Future meeting dates TBD 

Meeting Location:
Miami County Highway Garage Conference Room
2100 N County Rd 25A, Troy, OH 45373

David Heilman

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