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The Boardman Valley Preservation Society

Advocates for the scenic Boardman River as well as our hydroelectric dams, and beautiful ponds. Along with you, we endeavor to preserve and restore their economic, historic, and social value.

Our Mission Is To Do Good


Our local hydro generation is proven technology — No new research is needed.

Hydro is reliable because water flows 24/7/365.

We can once again fully utilize our existing dams to generate electricity.

Studies have shown that environmentally sound hydro can produce a substantial portion of our peak demand needs.

Citizens must send a clear message to our Local leaders that now is the time for action on Preserving the Dams on the Boardman River.

Did you know

Hydropower comprises 30% of all carbon offsets projects registered under the CDM (Clean Development Mechanisms). Over 1,000 hydropower projects are already registered under the CDM and another 700 are applying for registration, more than any other project type. Hydropower makes up 16% of installed electricity capacity worldwide and is in many cases they are already cost competitive and/or strongly supported by government policies.

Dams and Development: A new framework

The report of the world commission on dams Earthscan Publications Ltd, London and Sterling. We see water as an instrument, a catalyst for peace, that brings us together, neither to build dams nor tear them down but to carefully develop resources for the long term. Easier said than done? Not necessarily. The hard part here may lie in what can be ‘said’ with intellectual honesty, vision and understanding. Surprisingly such a statement has rarely been attempted. Unlike every other aspect of our lives, dams have long escaped deep and clear and impartial scrutiny into the process by which they emerge and are valued. This lapse is especially glaring when set against much smaller scale investments. We daily squeeze and weigh fruits and vegetables to ensure we get a fair return at the market. We rigorously test-drive and analyse the performance of motor cars before and after paying a few thousand dollars for one. We conduct thorough due-diligence before purchase of either house or business. Yet this century we have collectively bought, on average, one large dam per day, and there have been precious few, if any, comprehensive, independent analyses as to why dams came about, how dams perform over time, and whether we are getting a fair return from our investment. Until now


U.S. Looks to Rediscover Hydropower

Dams are a source of carbon-free source of power. In contrast, if the same amount of energy were generated in a coal- or biomass-fired electric plant, it would produce thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Building hydropower systems keeps money in the local economy because they produce power where it's being consumed, deliver electricity more efficiently, and help stabilize the grid.



Opening Rivers to Trojan Fish

The Ecological Dilemma of Dam Removal in the Great Lakes. Dam removal may in fact cause more harm than good by fostering the introduction of bioaccumulated toxics into relatively untainted ecosystems and permitting aggressive nonnative species to invade virgin territory



Peterson Machinery Bids to Take Over Hydro Dams Operation | VIEW PROPOSED BUDGET

Traverse City—On April 9, 2009 Peterson Machinery Sales made a proposal to the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County indicating their desire to enter into a long term agreement for the operation and maintenance of the Brown Bridge, Sabin, and Boardman Dams for the production of hydro-electric power. Peterson Machinery offered to l pay for all costs related to repairs, spillway modifications and / or upgrades, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing and compliance, annual operating expenses, and all other expenses incident to operations during the term of the FERC license. Peterson also offered to share income from the generation of electricity with the City and County.annually (fifty percent (50 %) of the net hydro-electric operating income). In other words Peterson was willing to assume all of the costs, and all of the risks, associated with bringing the Dams back online. We think that it was wrong for the City and County to ignore this opportunitity, and choose to remove this valuable energy generating resource.

September 16, 2010
Boardman River Dams Removal Team Meeting
The following documents are included:

  • Fundraising summary spreadsheet (4 pgs)
  • Fundraising activity report (2 pgs)
  • Communications work updated calendar (2 pgs)
  • Project manager’s monthly report (1 pg)


Please tell your County and City Officials to END their plan to remove the remaining Boardman River Dams! | Petition


Please support us with a contribution: The Boardman Valley Preservation Society, P.O. Box 11, Grawn, MI 49637