DEQ issues violations for Barry Co. river damage

FREEPORT, Mich. (WOOD) – Several state agencies are stepping in to investigate after a contractor removed trees along and dredged the Coldwater River in Barry County.

People who live along and fish in the river contacted 24 Hour News 8 about the project that affects 14 miles of the river, which started as a clean-up effort but ended with Department of Environmental Quality issuing violations to the Barry County Drain Commission and the contractor it hired, Geiger Excavations.

“It’s so devastating. I’s tough to even talk about,” said John McKenzie, a member of the Coldwater River Watershed Council. “They showed no mercy to any living tree.”

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