Years after a 2008 dam failure caused a major fish kill along a Blue Ribbon trout stream near Vanderbilt, the dam will be removed. The state has settled its lawsuit with the property owner, Golden Lotus. The group runs a yoga retreat called Song of the Morning Ranch, along the Pigeon River.
Golden Lotus has agreed to remove the dam, which will also remove a pond on the property and restoring a cold-water river habitat for fish.
Fisheries Specialist David Borgeson, with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, says the draw down of the pond will begin this spring.