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Points North: A multi-million-dollar fisheries project is suddenly on hold

Peter Payette

A years-long effort to build an experimental fish ladder on the Boardman River in Traverse City is in jeopardy. That’s all because of a man who decided to sue the city to protect a place he loves. 

The well-known project is called FishPass. For supporters, it’s the key to restoring the Boardman River and tackling a worldwide problem for dammed rivers. To critics, it’s a looming disaster for downtown Traverse City.

Also, thousands of ducks have been gathering close to shore in West Grand Traverse Bay recently. The group of birds is called a raft. They're common this time of year but are usually hard to spot.

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Peter Payette is the Executive Director of Interlochen Public Radio and has managed the news department since 2001. For more than a decade, he hosted the weekly programPoints North and has reported on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR, Michigan Radio, Bridge magazine and Edible Grande Traverse. He has taught journalism and radio production to students and adults at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is also working on a book about the use of aquaculture to manage Great Lakes fisheries, particularly the use of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to create a sport fishery in the 1960s.