The Upper River Raisin Watershed Restoration and Connectivity Project (URRWRCP) is an ongoing project involving the removal of the Brooklyn Dam, restoration of approximately 2,600 ft. of the River Raisin utilizing Natural Channel Design (NCD) through the former impoundment, replacement of the Bridge Street bridge, and construction of natural rock arch rapids over Nooney Dam. Niswander Environmental is partnering with the River Raisin Watershed Council, Jackson County Drain Office, Village of Brooklyn, DNR, MDOT, EGLE, USFWS, Green Watershed Restoration, and Five Smooth Stones in order to complete this project. The Brooklyn Dam is 1 of 85 dams in the State of Michigan that EGLE classifies as High Hazard Potential as loss of life and severe impacts are expected if a dam failure occurred. The dam was constructed in 1939 and was used to supply hydroelectricity for the adjacent manufacturing plant. The dam is no longer used to supply hydroelectric power but had been in operation as recently as 2006.
The URRWRCP is being funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
Please visit the River Raisin Watershed Council website at this link https://www.riverraisin.org/brooklyn-dam-removal to get updates on the Upper River Raisin Watershed Connectivity and Restoration Project.