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Traverse City — Officials are expressing concerns about a lack of funding for the removal of three dams on the Boardman River in northern Michigan.

Grand Traverse County board Chairwoman Christine Maxbauer said this week that the county can’t afford to remove Boardman and Sabin dams alone, and might have to modify them instead.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Maxbauer told Traverse City commissioners that a group hired to get grant funding had raised about $2.5 million of the $10.3 million needed to remove the Boardman and Sabin dams.

Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes says the group in charge of the project hasn’t raised enough money, and that officials have not received enough information. Maxbauer says city and county elected officials should consider taking a more direct role in the project.

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