Hamilton Dam removal to start as riverbed removal project wraps up in Flint

The projects are all to make the river a better place for recreation. (Photo Credit: Joel Feick)

FLINT, Mich. --Although the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is cautioning anglers to use caution when eating fish caught in the Flint River, work is moving ahead to make the river cleaner.

Genesee County Parks is heading up a massive restoration project.

The head of that organization says she expects work by Consumers Energy to remove five feet of riverbed near downtown is expected to wrap up in November.

At about the same time, work will begin to remove the Hamilton Dam.

It's all to make the river a better place for recreation.

The director of Genesee County Parks, Amy McMillan says, "When you see the river from the river your entire perspective will change when you see the turtles and the fish, the eagles and the heron you understand how the river is this extraordinary natural resource."

There is also lots of work going on across from Kettering University at what's now called Chevy Commons.

McMillan puts the total restoration project at $38 million.

About $20 million has been raised so far.

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