Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan - (Plan with photographs and images - 8Mb PDF file)
FINAL REPORT - Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee Report to the Environmental Commission - This report is complete (1.2 MB PDF) and being put forward for public review prior to the public hearing and any actions on the part of the Environmental Commission and Park Advisory Commission. The report includes a spreadsheet of cost information looking at several scenarios. The report is being redesigned but a pdf of the word document is available for review. The whitewater report is available below.
Environmental Commission Recommendation to City Council
- Park Advisory Commission Recommendation to City Council
EC Work Session - May 28
The Environmental Commission held a work session on May 28 from 12 noon to 1 pm - 4th floor conference room of City Hall.
PAC Work Session - May 14
The Park Advisory Commission held a work session on the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan on May 14th (4-6PM) at the City Center Building (220 East Huron Street, 7th floor). The work session is open to the public.
Joint Public Hearing - May 7
The Environmental and Park Advisory Commissions met on May 7 at Cobblestone Farm (6-9PM) to hear a presentation on the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee Report and Recommendations and hear from the public. This meeting was filmed by CTN and will replayed on public television. If were unable to attend, please email comments to HURON@a2gov.org and these comments will be shared with Commissioners.
Public Meetings - January 28, January 31, February 5
January 28 - 7-10 PM Forsythe Middle School
January 31 - 9-12noon Forsythe Middle School
February 5 - 7-10pm Forsythe Middle School
The Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee has developed a background document for public review prior to the Public Meetings.
The first section - Introduction to Planning Along the Huron – provides you with an overview of the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee - how and why the committee was created, who is on the committee, and the vision statement and objectives created by the committee to guide this process.
The second section - Key Questions to Consider – provides you with the questions that the committee is asking of you as you review the proposal. These questions are designed to help elicit the community’s preferences in several key areas. While funding is an important issue, the Committee is primarily seeking your thoughts on preferred management strategies along the river. Funding strategies will be developed as the community preferred strategies are developed.
The third section - Committee Proposed Vision for the Huron River – outlines the key management strategies proposed for the four stretches of the river and describes three options at Argo dam that attempt to balance the recreational, environmental, and economic interests of the community.
The fourth section contains several introductory pieces developed to provide the public with core information used by the committee in their research and discussions.
- Introduction to the Huron River
- Introduction to Aquatic Vegetation
- Introduction to Ann Arbor Dams Along the Huron
- Introduction to Canoeing & Kayaking
- Introduction to Rowing
- Introduction to Angling
- Introduction to Sailing
Introduction to Swimming
Maps of the Impoundments
Whitewater Conceptual Design
1971 Parks Ballot
1971 - Scan of Ann Arbor News article on the Parks Ballot (from Myra Larson)
1972 - Ann Arbor News photos of dam repairs
Scan of background documents including article on city dam purchase
(from Myra Larson)
MDEQ Letter regarding Argo Dam embankment
2008 Hydropower Feasability Study
Completed Dam Removals in Michigan
Graduate Student Work on the River
Feasibility of River Restoration at Argo Pond - 2004 UM Master's Project (~5 MB PDF)
Visions of Argo 2008 - UM Master's project site