Dam photo

RBV Contracting, Inc. breached the low-head dam on the Elkhart River near downtown on Friday afternoon, using an excavator with a grinder that sat on top of a stone ramp built earlier in the day.

ELKHART — Crews breached the dam on the Elkhart River near downtown on Friday, an initial but long-awaited step toward improving safety and the river ecosystem.

The opening was part of an effort to take the height of the dam down from 8 to 3 feet. The old dam had significant structural problems and was expected to eventually fail, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Low-head dams are also known for creating dangerous currents.

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TR Anderson

The firm doing the work is RBV Contracting Inc. based in Detroit, Michigan.


Since the plan for this new river just started, I’m sure it’s going to take some time to complete. This project is going to be finished in a few months or years. This would be really make Elkhart river very popular with all the new species attractions.

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