WWMT: Portion of Kalamazoo River reopens after dam removal and chemical cleanup

There are new outdoor recreation opportunities in Otsego now that part of the Kalamazoo River has reopened.

State and federal agencies closed access to the river between Plainwell and Otsego to remove a dam and clean chemicals illegally dumped by a paper mill in the area. Thursday, dozens joined elected officials to kick off the newly renovated space.

“The best thing is seeing people have such a terrific time,” Lois Heuchert, proprietor of Plainwell Kayak Company, said.

Heuchert said the services she offers at her kayak business will expand, now that the about four miles of the Kalamazoo River have been cleaned and reopened.

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