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      Grant awarded to remove dam that caused fish kill

      The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded $272,500 to remove a dam in Otsego County that malfunctioned.

      The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded $272,500 to remove a dam at a yoga retreat that malfunctioned, killing thousands of fish in the Pigeon River in the northern Lower Peninsula.

      The dam at Song of the Morning Ranch in Otsego County released sediment into the trout stream in 2008. State agencies reached a settlement this month with Golden Lotus Inc., the ranch's owner.

      The grant was one of eight totaling $1 million that were approved this week by the DNR under its new Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.

      Funded with fishing license revenue, the program is designed to protect water resources and fix those that have become degraded.

      Other winners included dam or abutment removals and creek restorations in Berrien, Ionia, Schoolcraft, Presque Isle, Oakland, Lake and Barry counties.

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