USA: Officials Urge Betsie River Dredging

Plans to close a popular fishing spot because of low water has prompted calls for the Betsie River dredging program.

The city officials filled out a permit application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Quality for to dredge the mouth of the Betsie River where it meets Betsie Bay,” stated Joshua Mills, Frankfort’s city manager.

For eight or 10 years, that river mouth has been so shallow that at certain times in the late summer you can see (the salmon) go upstream with their backs out of the water,” said Nationally recognized sports writer Dave Richey. “The buildup is so big now, it’s becoming even more of a problem.”

He said that the river mouth needs to be dredged or the Frankfort-Elberta area will risk losing significant tourism dollars.


Dredging Today Staff, September 25, 2012