Evaluation Plots at Wixom, Sanford Lakes Treated to Control Woody Growth in Lakebeds
Edenville Township and the Wixom Lake Improvement Board recently completed a pilot program to aerially spray evaluation plots on Sanford and Wixom lakes for the purpose of controlling growth of woody trees in the lakebeds.
The helicopter treatments went according to plan, with good weather making it possible to spray the selected plots on Wixom Lake (roughly 60 acres) and northern Sanford Lake (roughly 150 acres). These were "evaluation" plots to determine if the treatment is adequate for the types and sizes of the saplings and young trees. The work was conducted by Professional Lake Management. and paid for by Edenville Township and the Wixom Lake Improvement Board.
Four Lakes Task Force is assisting the township and Wixom Lake
Improvement Board by providing information about vegetation and woody
growth, and collaborating to provide assistance if needed.
Officials will evaluate the effectiveness of the treatments over the next few weeks and determine next steps.
Secord Dam Pull-Ahead Projects Pave Way for Restoration
Crews have been working on a pull-ahead project on Secord Dam that is being conducted prior to receiving a full construction permit.
The project involves removing the generator and runner from the Secord turbine pit in preparation of converting it to a low level outlet. The low level outlet is located low on the dam. It will pass base flows during the winter to reduce ice issues at the new high flow crest gates. Conducting the project before receipt of the permit will help keep construction on schedule.
The photos below show progress as workers remove the bottom head cover plant and runner/shaft.
EGLE Public Hearing to Discuss Permitting
for Secord, Smallwood
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Water Resources Division (WRD), will host a public hearing to discuss permitting for Secord and Smallwood lakes.
EGLE Public Hearing
Monday, September 26, 2022
This is a virtual information session on the proposal to modify existing spillways, replace existing gates, install steel sheet piling cutoff walls, construct a new auxiliary spillway, install low-level outlets, flatten embankment slopes, and install embankment drains at the Secord and Smallwood Dams. The public is invited.