FYI Jay Hanks ............O ......(___|||/____) ............./ always wear your Life Jacket when paddling Interesting update from this year s Verlen Kruger
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, Jan 23
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wear your Life Jacket when paddling
Interesting update from this year's Verlen Kruger Award Winner, Mr. Russ
Hicks - his involvement in "Putting The Rapids Back in Eaton Rapids" is one of
the many criteria that came forward to QWS. I believe their master plan
designs for the reconstruction of the waterfront, the launches & the
whitewater park are online. I did see the huge piles of rocks amassed
for the project that got bartered and gifted and delivered - it's like 50
yards by 30 yards by 3 yards high... - going to be quite a paddling
Hi All, We received a $10k grant from the R.E.
Olds Foundation today for the design phase of the dam removal/rapids
replacement. Sandy Verry, the engineer/designer, will spend time over the next
six weeks in the final design phase. We find out on March 22 if we receive the
$232K DNR grant which would complete the project by October. Our backup grant
from the USFWS won't be awarded until late spring. The latter would put us
into a 2014 completion schedule if the Boardman River "Brown Dam Incident"
back in October absorbs the full $2.3M from the DNR. Even though the Boardman
River dam removals (3) are fully funded already, I'm sure that the engineering
firm didn't count on the draw-down failure and the significant downstream
damage that was caused during the failure.
Since this DNR money is
for fish/fishing and "not recreational paddling," the central channel
will have four drops of roughly 10-14 inches each over 250 lineal feet;
essentially a "straight shot" at this point to accommodate paddlers. The
drops will be about 80 feet apart with eddy pools on each side of the channel.
Depth will be about 2-4 feet during normal river levels. Dr. Verry
estimates about a 2-2.5 rapids during high water or snowmelt events. The 9
inches of rain back in June, 2011, over 36 hours would nudge the channel to a
"short-term 3." He said he "wouldn't paddle it without a
helmet." The paddlng channel will be about 10 feet wide going through the
weirs. Depending on how the HEC RAS hundred-year flood modeling goes, we might
be able to tweak that paddling channel with placement of one of our larger
boulders (or two) for a more of a challenge. The fish will have numerous
foot-wide channels to traverse moving
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