Restoring the dams in Midland and Gladwin counties is one of the most important conversations of the decade, perhaps for those on the lake community, a generation!
We get many questions from property owners and the community. Lately, these questions focus on the ethics and compliance of FLTF - specifically the four points below. The question we would like to know is, “what do you personally believe?”
Some people believe...
The FLTF position...
The dam failures are the fault of FLTF, the State of Michigan or the counties because they were in control of the dams and decisions.
Neither the counties nor FLTF owned or were in control of the dams at the time of the breach and failure of Edenville and Sanford dams. Boyce Hydro owned and was operating the dams.
The construction of these dams was to control floods.
The dams were constructed in the 1920s by Wolverine Power Company for hydroelectric power production.
Dow has instructed people to get involved with FLTF to control it; look at all the people that have worked for Dow that are now working on this project.
Dow has no involvement in the governance of FLTF. Dow has employed many people in the region. We are thankful some of those people are supporting the work of our community to bring back the lakes.
The Special Assessment District is not legal and FLTF, the counties, and the courts did not follow the process properly.
The legal lake levels and Special Assessment District were legally established under regulatory statute Part 307 “Inland Lake Levels” of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. No one appealed the decision.
What do you believe?
Let us know your thoughts as a lake property owner on these topics.
The lake community has a legal right to have their lakes restored.
Do you agree with this statement? Legal (normal) lake level is defined as the "levels of water of an inland lake that provide the most benefit to the public; that best protect the public health, safety, and welfare; that best preserve the natural resources of the state; and that best preserve and protect the value of property around the lake."