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AG Nessel files brief in support of Traverse City, FishPass project

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Boardman River Bridge

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a brief in support of the city of Traverse City to build a “fish pass” without requiring a city vote.

The city’s proposed “fish pass” would reconnect the Boardman River with Lake Michigan and allow native fish species to cross Union Street Dam.

The project was put on hold last year after a circuit court judge sided with a citizen, saying the city must hold a vote before moving forward.

In her amicus brief, Nessel says Traverse City is not required to hold a vote based on its city charter. She says FishPass is an important infrastructure project that will prevent downtown from flooding and reduce the spread of invasive species.

The issue will go before the Michigan Court of Appeals next month.

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corp Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She is covering rural environmental issues, public health and Michigan commerce. Homsi has a bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in environmental studies, journalism and anthropology. During her undergraduate, she was a beat reporter for CMU’s student newspaper Central Michigan Life and interned for the Huron Daily Tribune. She has also interned for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in the superfund section. *Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms, more info at