Last week we heard Song of the Morning Ranch was being sued by the state of Michigan for opening their privately owned dam on the Pigeon River and consequently causing a mass genocide of the trout population. It marked the third fish kill incident for this dam in the past 50 years, with the last bout in 1984 seeing the yoga center forking over $90,000 in damages and $400,000 to repair the dam. Back then the authorities wanted the dam removed. This time around the Department of Natural Resources means business and not only do they want the dam removed and compensation for thousands of trout murdered, they are also seeking compensation for the months of recreational opportunity lost by anglers (who knows how much that might be). The judge might not go for it, and murder is a strong word, but obviously if something’s broken you might want to fix it, especially if you’re a yoga center, and it’s happened before? We’re somewhat dam-shy, not too many here in NYC, but we can’t possibly see how the benefits of owning and operating a dam could outweigh the negative impact on the surrounding natural environment. YD wag of the finger to Song of the Morning.
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