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Information and progress for bringing back our lakes.

December 10, 2020

Four Lakes Special Assessment Facts

We understand that estimated assessments, without government support, are significant if paid by property owners only. We continue to work with state and federal representatives on opportunities for grants and improved financing.

State and federal funding sources, foundations and other supporters are more likely to provide funding if property owners show a willingness to pay a share as well. This means property owners likely will pay some assessment amount, even if we receive outside support.

We expect to seek approval in 2021 for a temporary assessment of $100-$200 per lakefront property owner and $25-$50 for backlot property owners which would occur in late 2021. This is to pay for operations, maintenance and acquisition of the dams.

FLTF has a good track record to date in raising over $30 million, but it takes time to raise or acquire $150 million or more. Check out our website for detailed information about the special assessment.

Estimated Assessment

FLTF Website is Best Source for Accurate Information

Misinformation and disinformation related to FLTF and the Four Lakes Special Assessment District sometimes circulates. The FLTF website is the best place to go for accurate information and to find answers to your questions. Please explore the site first before contacting FLTF.

Winter Safety

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During the winter of 2020-2021, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will install a temporary bridge over Wixom Lake and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will modify the Tobacco River side of the Edenville Dam to make it safer. Both projects are expected to conclude in February 2021. 

These two construction projects make the Tobacco River arm of Wixom Lake unusually dangerous this winter. The public is advised to avoid the following areas:

  • Near the MDOT and EGLE projects
    • Avoid driving on M-30 south of Strykers Marina and north of Edenville
    • Lake and river shore areas
    • Embankments
  • Tobacco River arm of Wixom Lake
    • EGLE will partially demolish the 95-year-old concrete spillway structure to perform a controlled release of water and lower the water level on the Tobacco arm of Wixom Lake by 10-15 feet. Due to the current water levels and the planned lowering, there is an increased risk of falling through the ice or getting stranded on drifting ice. EGLE and FLTF expect the work will be designed and performed with an emphasis on safety and the water will be released in a safe, controlled manner. However, during demolition, an unexpected failure could occur. Please exercise extreme caution and do not go on the lakebottoms.
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Mussel Survey Taking Place Dec. 9-10

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will be conducting mussel surveys and collection around the lakeshore on the Tobacco side of Wixom Lake Dec. 9 and 10. It will be a group of 6-10 people working at the water's edge with rakes and buckets. Don't be alarmed and please don't distract them from their work.

Four Lakes Task Force

233 Larkin Street, Midland, MI 48640

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