CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TIPPY DAM; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 111
(Extensions of Remarks - July 03, 2018)

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           CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TIPPY DAM

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                           HON. JACK BERGMAN

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, July 3, 2018

  Mr. BERGMAN. Mr. Speaker, it's my honor to recognize the Tippy Dam 
upon the occasion of its 100th Anniversary. Through a century of 
dedicated service and commitment to its community, the Tippy Dam has 
become an indispensable part of Northern Michigan and the First 
District.
  Originally completed in 1918, the dam then-known as Junction Hydro 
was lauded for its innovative engineering and design. It was later 
renamed in honor of Charles W. Tippy, a Board of Directors chair for 
Consumers Power. Spanning the Manistee River 20 miles from its end in 
Lake Michigan, the Tippy Dam generates 20,000 kilowatts of clean, 
renewable electricity for approximately 6,500 residents of Manistee 
County in Northern Michigan.
  In addition to its critical energy production for the region, the 
Tippy Dam is beloved for the outdoor recreation it facilitates. Every 
year, its recreation area hosts over 50,000 visitors--most taking 
advantage of the world-class fishing for salmon, steelhead, and brown 
trout in its tailwaters. The dam is also home to the largest bat 
hibernaculum in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Its long stretch of 
underground passages and warm temperature makes the Tippy Dam an ideal 
location for the more than 20,000 bats that hibernate there over the 
winter--the dam's operators have played a critical role in protecting 
the bats by following strict operation regulations. Tippy Dam is a 
perfect example of what can happen when business and government work 
together for the good of the American people. I am pleased to join 
Consumers Energy employees and retirees to commemorate 100 years of 
clean, reliable, and renewable energy generated by this facility.
  Mr. Speaker, it's my honor to congratulate the fortitude and 
dedication of the men and women who have kept watch over the Tippy Dam 
as it has supplied power to generations of Michiganders. On behalf of 
my constituents, I wish the Tippy Dam and its operators all the best as 
we look forward to the next 100 years

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