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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.