In late May, 2022 Four Lakes Task Force began flood debris removal from the Wixom and Sanford bottomlands. Most debris is wood in some form, but we found a few personal items of potential value.
The personal items include boat lifts, boats and dock sections. None of these items bear any information that allows identification of the owner, but the owner may be able to recognize an item and provide FLTF with proof of ownership. Proof may include the owner’s existing photos of the item or a description of characteristic marks, features or damage on the item. The first person to provide suitable proof of ownership will be allowed to inspect the item and decide whether to take possession. All of these items suffered damage during the flood and FLTF accepts no responsibility for the condition of the personal items.
Items that remain in FLTF possession on Dec. 31, 2022, will be considered abandoned and either sold or scrapped.
Click the button below to see the list of items with photos and descriptions and for instructions on how to claim the item.
FLTF received the EGLE permit (issued on November 2, 2022) for the Secord Dam project. This means that final construction to restore the dam can take place. Bidding for final construction will be completed this year. FLTF will continue to work with EGLE throughout the construction process to ensure the project is completed per the permit requirements.
The Smallwood Dam project constitutes a more extensive review process and is defined as a “Major Project." This means that the project requires concurrent federal review (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)) as defined in the state and federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Program Memorandum of Agreement. The reason it is a “Major Project” is because over five acres of wetland will be impacted during construction.
The EPA is currently reviewing the application and providing its comments, along with any comments received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The EPA has 90 days to review and provide comments on the application. We anticipate that the construction will be permitted by the end of the year and construction can follow soon after.
The Sanford Dam EGLE permit was submitted on November 1, 2022, and contained the following:
60% Dam Safety Design
All supporting information per EGLE’s permitting requirements for 100% Environmental Impacts to the following regulated parts:
301 – Inland Lakes & Streams
303 – Wetlands Protection
315 – Dam Safety
31 – Floodplain
The submittal initiated the review process to receive a permit for dam construction activities impacting regulated environmental areas. This is significant as construction in these specific regulated areas cannot occur without an EGLE permit.
Respond to any correction requests EGLE provides during its review of the application and supporting documents.
When deemed administratively complete, EGLE will place the permit on public notice. FLTF will coordinate with EGLE to schedule a public hearing to be held during the public notice period, similar to what was conducted at the upper two dams.
FLTF will address any comments received during the public notice period and public hearing.
Once 100% design documents and technical specifications are complete, FLTF will provide them to EGLE for review and comment.
EGLE will issue a permit once complete with permit application review and review/acceptance of 100% design documents and technical specifications.
The final permitting of Sanford Dam is expected by mid-2023. Edenville is expected sometime by the end of 2023. There is anticipated work to be done on both Edenville and Sanford in 2023 ahead of the final permit and construction. The lake refills are still planned for 2024 for Secord and Smallwood, 2025 for Sanford, and 2026 for Wixom.