Water Level in Portions of Grand River Lowered

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Anglers will have to drop their fishing lines a bit deeper. The Board of Water& Light is gradually lowering the water level in the Grand River between Moores Park Dam and the North Lansing Dam by about four feet.

"It allows us to inspect the North Lansing Dam, which is required by law every four years," said Communications Director Mark Nixon from the Lansing Board of Water & Light. "Secondly the city of Lansing is going to piggy back on this project and look for illegal sewer connections."

Illegal connections can be a source of pollution, including industrial waste. The 'draw down' could also lower levels of the Red Cedar River and Sycamore Creek as well.

"You wouldn't want to pick a real wet period of the year like the spring because you'd really have to spend a lot of time drawing down the water. This is really the optimum time," said Nixon.

Others see the lowering of water levels as a possible first step to shut down the dams completely.

"This part of the river has been built up for a 100 years with these dams here," said Larry Grudt.

Grudt is part of the Moores Park Organization, and says he understands it's federal law to check the storm water systems, but it'll kill wildlife in the process.

"Most of the amphibians out here would end up dying, which would then affect animals that are feeding on those amphibians," said Grudt.

Meanwhile, the Lansing Board of Water & Light hopes the inspection opens eyes to public polluting along the river.

"You start seeing bikes and old car parts, and whatever people are throwing in the river," said Nixon. "Maybe by the end of September we'll have a much cleaner Grand River."

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