January 12, 2022

Right of Way Acquisition Project Manager Gail Morton 2022 Recipient of Graham Woodhouse Award

Presented by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission for contributions to the Dowagiac River Restoration Project in Niles, Michigan

Metro Consulting Associates (MCA), a multifaceted energy, land, and community development firm, announced that Right of Way (ROW) Project Manager Gail Morton is a 2022 recipient of the Graham Woodhouse Intergovernmental Effort Award for her contributions to the Dowagiac River Restoration Project, also referred to as the Pucker Street Dam Project, located in Niles, Michigan.

Pucker Street Dam prior to the beginning of the dam removal project. Photo by Jeff Dunlap, City of Niles.

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) presented the award to all members of the project team at its Commission meeting held on December 21, 2021. Additional project partners and award recipients include:

  • City of Niles
  • Pokagon Bank of Potawatomi
  • Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Cass County Parks Development
  • Cass County Drain Commission
  • Berrien County Drain Commission
  • Pokagon Township
  • Wightman & Associates
  • Inter-Fluve. Inc.
  • Milbocker & Sons
  • Partnership for MEANDERS
  • Trans Canada Energy
  • Gateway Foundation
  • Great Lakes Fishery Trust
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

As an integral project partner, Morton secured over 40 temporary construction easements from landowners upstream of the Pucker Street Dam to facilitate the river’s restoration.

Site of the former Pucker Street Dam in early May 2021. Photo by Jeff Dunlap, City of Niles.

Learn more about the Dowagiac River Restoration Project and other project partners here: https://www.swmpc.org/puckerstdam.asphttps://www.swmpc.org/puckerstdam.asp

Established in 1987, the Graham Woodhouse Award honors former Dowagiac Mayor Graham Woodhouse and highlights projects that exemplify cooperation between and among governments, non-profits, and private entities. The award recognizes and rewards partners who execute complex, regional problem solving that optimizes limited resources.

About Metro Consulting Associates
Metro Consulting Associates (MCA) is a multifaceted energy, land, and community development firm that serves both private and public sector clients throughout the Midwestern United States and beyond. Founded in 2009 as a land surveying firm, MCA has grown to provide a mix of services, talent, and technology driven by client needs and community goals to make life better. Serving clients in the renewables, transmission, municipal, land development, utilities, and pipeline markets, MCA’s technical expertise will satisfy any and all emerging challenges, taking you where you want to go. Learn more at metroca.net

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