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Study recommends removing Ballville Dam in Fremont

FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A three-year environmental study into the proposed removal of the Ballville Dam in Fremont was finalized and released on Friday.

Fremont city officials now have the information they need, along with a recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, to make a decision regarding the future of the dam.

The century-old dam has been relegated to a scenic fishing spot in recent years, but fishermen are aware the removing the dam would actually improve fishing conditions.

"I think it'll be good," said Justice Slane, who has fished there for years. "[It would] give the walleye more area to spawn."

The environmental impact study began in 2011 after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was awarded a $2 million grant to remove the dam.

"This process has really been about trying to identify the best and least impactful - in terms of the environment - option for the project," said Brian Elkington, the deputy program supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 3.

The final recommendation from the Fish and Wildlife Service is to remove the dam incrementally over a period of two years and install an ice control structure to prevent ice jams.

"Notch the dam in one season," Elkington said. "In the following season, remove the dam, and then do some work to stabilize and re-vegetate the area."

Fremont Mayor Jim Ellis has said the city will hold at least two public meetings on the dam before they make a final decision.

The public has 30 days to read the statement and make official comments.

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