City of Allegan City Dam Progress Upates

This is a place to be kept up to date on the discussions regarding the potential removal of the Allegan City Dam.  

UPDATED: January 13, 2020

On Monday, January 13, 2020 the Allegan City Council adopted Resolution 20.03 which supported the removal of the Allegan City Dam, as long as the cost to remove the dam was not a financial burden on the community and that the community could come to a consensus on the final design of the Riverfront with the dam removed.  

The City of Allegan City Council has decided to create a committee to provide input on the design of the Riverfront in light of the potential removal of the Allegan City Dam.  The Riverfront Committee will be comprised of people representing the following groups:

  • Two (2) City Councilmembers
  • Two (2) Property Owners Along the Kalamazoo River
  • Two (2) Business Owners or their representatives in Downtown Allegan
  • One (1) Community Member at Large

If you are interested in serving on this committee and fit this criteria, please submit a letter of interest to the City Manager's Office by 12:00pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020. 

City of Allegan Resolution 20.03

UPDATED: September 11, 2019

City Council Questions with Staff Answers Document
UPDATED: August 14, 2019

Public Memorandum from the City Attorney regarding the possibility of placing this issue of the Dam on a ballot for the Residents to Vote 

UPDATED: August 8, 2019

Allegan City Dam Community Meeting Notes August 7th

UPDATED: July 14, 2019

EPA Web site Regarding the Kalamazoo River Clean-up 

UPDATED: June 25, 2019

As the Federal and State Government continue to study how to manage the Kalamazoo River Superfund Site in the City of Allegan, the City is now at a place in time  to discuss the city-owned dam and power house located at the edge of the Downtown and decide their futures.  

To that end, several State departments came together to fund and create an Allegan Dam Feasibility and Conceptual Design Report.  This report was presented to the Allegan City Council at their June 24, 2019 meeting.   Over the course of the next several months, the City Council and Allegan community will continue to discuss this report and plan out the next chapter of the Kalamazoo River as it meanders through the City of Allegan. 

Below are the documents that were presented to the City Council at their June 24, 2019 Meeting. 

Allegan Dam Feasibility and Conceptual Design Report
Allegan Full Dam Conceptual Drawings
Historic Map
June 24, 2019 Power Point Presentation

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