A River of Mud

The Kalamazoo River is home to several species of fish, turtles, birds, and plant life; but this year the river became home to an unwanted guest: mud. Usually mud isn’t cause for alarm, but when you're talking about nearly 10 feet of mud, coating the riverbed for many miles, that’s a different story.

Morrow Dam is a hydroelectric generating station, located just a little ways up the river. It is owned and operated by Eagle Creek Renewable Energy. In Oct. 2019, they opened the dam to conduct emergency repairs on the dam. This project was supposed to last 4 months, but over a year later, the sediment spilling out of the dam is still wreaking havoc on the river.