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Points North

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.

Lexi Krupp reports on science and the environment. Previously, she worked for Gimlet Media where she helped the Science Vs team distinguish what's fact from what's not. Her work has appeared in Audubon, Popular Science, VICE, and elsewhere.
Peter Payette is the Executive Director of Interlochen Public Radio.