U.S. Fish and Wildlife to study low dam in 2018


Agency will examine the East Water Street low dam

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@aimmediamidwest.com



TROY — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be studying Troy’s low dam and its impact on the environment of the Great Miami River in 2018.

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct the comprehensive study, which is expected to cost a total of $43,000.

The city of Troy will contribute $8,000 for the study of the low dam, according to Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington. The Troy Foundation awarded the city $10,000 to help pay for the study.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will coordinate the study to study the East Water Street low dam, northwest of Treasure Island Park.

According to Titterington, the city of Troy will help define the scope of the study and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will select its own consultant.

Titterington said the focus of the study is to determine if it is feasible to remove the low damn.

“The focus will be solely on the feasibility of removing the dam,” Titterington said. “(The study would determine) what would happen to the river level, width, depth, banks, etc. as well as wildlife and plant life.”

Titterington said the study is projected to start the first quarter of 2018 and take a year to complete.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists 21 animals as either endangered or threatened in Ohio.

The list includes the following endangered animal species: Indiana bat, rayed bean mussel, American burying beetle, Rusty patched Bumble bee, Karner blue butterfly, Mitchell’s satyr Buttterfly, white Catspaw pearly mussel, Clubshell mussel, Fanshell mussel, Sioto madtom fish, pink mucket pearly mussel, Sheepnose mussel, snuffbox mussel, Piping Plover, Purple’s Cat’s paw mussel, and Northern Riffleshell.

The Copperbelly water Indiana snake, Rabbitsfoot mussel, Massauga rattlesnake, Red Knot bird, and the Northern long-eared bat are listed as Ohio’s threatened species.

Six plants are listed as endangered or threatened in Ohio. Running buffalo clover is listed as endangered. The lakeside daisy, Northern wild monkshood, eastern prairie fringed orchid, small whorled pogonia and Virginia spiraea are listed as Ohio’s threatened plant species.

For more information, visit www.fws.gov.

Agency will examine the East Water Street low dam

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@aimmediamidwest.com

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Follow Melanie Yingst on Twitter @Troydailynews