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FLINT RIVER ECOLOGY STUDY

A group of Wildlife Biology research students from the University of Michigan- Flint are scientifically studying the Downtown Flint Rivers' natural hydrology, water quality, and animal species in order to provide information on the status of the river with the upcoming restoration. 

 

THE GOAL

To study the wildlife of the Flint River and ultimately show the public the abundance and diversity of fish species and invertebrates in the river. When the weir is removed and the river restored, fish will have access both down AND upstream, and more commonly prized species for angler such as, smallmouth bass, walleye, and pike can be caught. This study will document the river now and how the restoration efforts will affect the local ecology.

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BRIEF HISTORY

The Hamilton Dam

The Hamilton Dam was originally built in 1920. After many years the dam lost much of its structural integrity and had to be demolished in 2018. It was removed as part of the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project. The removal of the dam left a concrete weir (a low dam) in the river. It alters the rivers' natural flow causing river quality issues. 

 

CHECK OUT OUR BLOG!

Watch informative short videos and view research guides about the Flint River Ecology Studys' progress.

 
 
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HEATHER A. DAWSON, PH.D.

Associate Professor
Biology Department

SUPPORT

This research wouldn't be possible without the provided funding for this opportunity.

Pipetting Samples and Test Tube

UM-FLINT DEAN'S OFFICE CAS OPPORTUNITY FUND

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UM-FLINT RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS' SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (SURE)

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UM-FLINT EDA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH FUND

Test Tubes

UM-FLINT GARY AND COLLEEN PACE FUND FOR STUDENT FIELD ECOLOGY RESEARCH