After decades of danger, the Shiatown dam is moving toward removal in 2016. The Friends of the Shiawassee River have been working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and several stakeholders to restore the Shiawassee River at the site of the former dam, improve the habitat for fish and other wildlife, and enhance recreational opportunities at Shiatown Park.
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The Friends of the Shiawassee River recently held an informational meeting to share the current project status and gather public input. Stakeholders from state and local government, property owners, and paddlers provided input. After approvals, removal of dam remnants is planned to begin in July, with complete restoration likely by September. In addition, Shiawassee County is updating their plans for Shiatown Park. After the river restoration is complete, improvements to the Park will then be possible.