Ceresco Dam removal

Following an ongoing story, like Enbridge’s 2010 oil spill, is a great way for a photojournalist to learn about a community in sometimes personal ways, since it drives emotion and often takes, at the least, a day to fully capture.

Some citizens in Ceresco feel Enbridge’s work is disrupting the small town, through their long work hours and by removing the 174-year-old dam as part of the oil spill cleanup. On Wednesday, local historian Heather Rocho and I walked around most of the town, and met several passionate neighbors along the way by knocking on doors.

That is when I met Jeri Wood, who on most days holds a sign along 12 Mile Road that reads “Save the Ceresco Dam.” Although she holds the sign about four hours a day, she said she once held it, in her typical place across from the Enbridge construction, eight hours in one day. I like this photo because of her enthusiasm and determination to save the dam, although she admitted she “might not stop it, but at least I gave it my best shot.”

Steph Chambers | Kalamazoo Gazette

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Heather Rocho points to her television on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 as she talks about how she wrote down Enbridge Energy Inc.’s phone number on her kitchen chalkboard three years ago in her home, an old schoolhouse from the Civil War era, in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Enbridge Energy Inc. workers work along the Kalamazoo River near the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Heather Rocho walks near the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 while standing underneath N. Main Street, or 12 Mile Road. “This is my favorite place in Ceresco. This is God’s place right here. Just pretend there’s no nonsense.” Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Art Wood talks with Helen Miller near the Ceresco Dam and Kalamazoo River on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Helen Miller hugs Heather Rocho near the Ceresco Dam and Kalamazoo River on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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A list of names are recorded on a “save the Ceresco Dam” petition on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Jeri Wood, right, waves to passing cars with her husband Art, left, and neighbor Heather Rocho near the Ceresco Dam and Kalamazoo River on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Dawn Gilbert talks to Heather Rocho (not pictured) while on Gilbert’s back porch which overlooks the Ceresco Dam and Kalamazoo River on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Enbridge Energy Inc. workers work along the Kalamazoo River near the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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An Enbridge Energy Inc. truck drives along N. Main Street, or 12 Mile Road, to the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Enbridge Energy Inc. workers work along the Kalamazoo River near the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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Enbridge Energy Inc. workers work along the Kalamazoo River near the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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A notice is posted near the Kalamazoo River and the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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The Kalamazoo River flows through the Ceresco Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Ceresco. Some citizens in the small community feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting Cersco, through their long work hours and by removing the dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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A sign stands in front of Hit ‘Em Here golf driving range on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Battle Creek. Some citizens feel Enbridge Energy Inc. work is disrupting communities along the Kalamazoo River, through their long work hours and by removing the Ceresco Dam as part of the oil spill cleanup.

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