The story of the Boardman River is as old as ice-age glaciers that formed it and the Great Lakes thousands of years ago.
It's an important chronicle if one wants to understand the ongoing dam removal and restoration project — the biggest in Michigan — along Grand Traverse County's state-designated "natural river."
This spring, area residents will be asked to participate in a series of citizen-input meetings on developing a Boardman River sub-watershed prosperity plan. Its aim is to protect the river and its tributaries for future generations and to balance environmental concerns with the area's economic and job creation needs.
Today's story is the first in a three-part series on the river's past.
Then, on April 8, a package of stories will look at the river's present and the watershed prosperity planning process designed to guide its future.
The cover story of the April-May issue of the Record-Eagle's Grand Traverse Scene magazine also focuses on restoration and dam removal plans for this year. The magazine is sold at the newspaper's downtown offices at 120 W. Front St., Horizon Books, and several other regional vendors. For a list, go to: http://www.grandtraversescene.com/purchase.html.