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Barton Dam

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Barton Dam is one of four such structures that were constructed on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in 1912-1913,  Barton is the only one of the four that still produces electricity, which the City of Ann Arbor sells to Detroit Edison.

The dam is easily accessible from the Barton Nature Area, a city park along the Huron River. I was surprised to find that a trail not only leads directly to the dam, but you can climb the concrete stairway at the far west end of the dam.

The dam measures 34 feet high and 1,767 feet in length. Its 900-kilowatt turbine generates 4.2 million kWh per year.

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Written by csanders429

December 11, 2017 at 9:25 am

Following the Cuyahoga River

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A river is a river is a river. Or so it might seem. Shown above are three images of the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio that were made in three different locations.

Yes, the river looks much the same at all three places, but there are some differences.

In the top image it is coming through downtown Kent passing through a park and running alongside the CSX railroad tracks. The image was made from the West Main Street bridge.

At this point, the Cuyahoga is fairly narrow and has more qualities of a creek than a river. But that will change.

The middle image was made from aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train north of Peninsula, Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The bottom image was made from aboard the same train south of Peninsula in the park.

The river is wider here, yet still lined with trees. It is hard to believe that a few miles north of here the Cuyahoga turns into a waterway hosting large Great Lakes freighters and at one time was used as an industrial sewer.

In the early 20th century, there was a proposal to widen the Cuyahoga between Cleveland and Akron to open it to boat traffic.

The cost of that project, though, kept if from happening. We can only imagine and even shudder at what the Cuyahoga valley would look like had that project been undertaken.

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November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

Some Day It Will be Gone

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For years the state of Ohio has talked about removing the dam on the Cuyahoga River in Brecksville. The rationale given for the removal is that it would enable the river to flow freer and enable fish to migrate further into Cleveland.

Now comes word that the project to remove the dam has been delayed. It won’t happen until 2018 at the earliest and maybe not until 2019.

That is good news for now for those who like to fish in the pool immediately south of the dam.

Written by csanders429

October 27, 2017 at 6:04 am

Eyes on a Landing Spot

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I was sitting on the bank of the Vermilion River where an endless parade of boats along with birds coming and going gave me something to watch. A gull swoops down over the water, its eyes on a landing spot just ahead.

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October 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

Casting His Line in the Cuyahoga

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There was a time years ago when no one in his right mind would have thought about fishing in the Cuyahoga River.

The river was so polluted that it caught fire in Cleveland several times starting in 1936.

A 1969 fire received national attention and played a role in prompting the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. However, by then a cleanup of the river was already underway.

The river still has pollution issues, but is cleaner than it was back in the 1960s and 1970s when it openly smelled.

On a sunny Saturday, a man casts his line in the river near Brecksville in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

Making a Mad Dash for the Bridge

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I’m told that federal regulations give commercial traffic priority on the Cuyahoga River at the bridge carrying the tracks of Norfolk Southern over the waterway in Cleveland.

But during warm weather months most boats on the river are pleasure craft and the bridge tender does not have to lift the bridge to accommodate them until rail traffic is out of the way.

Last Sunday saw temperatures soar into lower 90s, breaking a record for the date of 88 degrees set in 2007.

Needless to say, the onset of summer weather in the early days of what is officially autumn has boaters out in droves.

But NS had trains to run and all the boaters could do was idle in place or run around in circles as four trains went by.  But once rail traffic cleared and the bridge began going up, the boaters didn’t wait for it to reach its peak position.

As soon as clearances allowed, the boaters began making a mad dash toward the lake or from the lake as seen here.

Hey Indy!

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Many people hardly look out the window when they fly, but I make it a point to request a window seat and watch the landscape below as we cruise along.

I want to know where I am an I enjoy seeing places where I once lived and/or know.

I was en route from Cleveland to Phoenix aboard a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 when the captain said we were over Muncie, Indiana.

At the time, there was a cloud cover so I couldn’t see anything.  But I kept looking and soon the clouds parted and I was able to pick out Indianapolis, a city where I lived in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

That is the White River meandering just west of downtown.

Written by csanders429

June 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm