The long-anticipated removal of the Freeport Dam on the Coldwater River was completed in October 2014. After just a few weeks, the changes are amazing.
As outlined by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Once completed, the removal of Freeport Dam and replacement of the two culverts upstream on the Coldwater River will reconnect 17 miles of coldwater habitat to migrating fish and aquatic species, and permanently restore a critical link between the Thornapple River and the Coldwater River. At the same time, the project will enhance a popular fishing area, reduce the liability associated with the dam and build relationships between partners for future conservation efforts. Removal of the dam is the first step in the long term vision of creating of a public riverfront and natural area in Kent County, Michigan.”