Today FLTF posted its formal response to the Independent Forensic Team's (IFT) final report on the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams. FLTF's overall conclusion is that the report is robust. We are taking the learnings outlined in the report and addressing them in our plans going forward.
FLTF notes a key learning for all dam owners and regulators is there must be transparency and open lines of communication regarding the long-term financing planned for the sustainability of their lakes, especially those that are impounded by a dam. Lake associations, townships and counties, if they aren’t being included, should insist on being part of the conversation and bring in their own experts.
FLTF's report has been submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the IFT. We are grateful for IFT's work and appreciative of this opportunity to respond to the findings.
Central Michigan University (CMU) Biology Department and
CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research will have multiple researchers out in
the Wixom and Sanford lake areas as well as some surrounding tributaries
and dams performing surveys for native freshwater mussels (i.e., clams). They
will be working from banks, canoes or boats and may use SCUBA to access
sites. CMU will determine site access prior to June and surveys will
begin the week of June 1st, 2022.
Wixom and Sanford Lakebottom Flood Debris Removal Has Begun
Flood debris removal on the Wixom and Sanford lake bottomlands has begun and will continue through the summer.
You will see equipment and crews on the bottomlands of both lakes removing uprooted trees, loose stumps, dock parts, boat lifts, hazardous substances like gas cans, watercraft, and other man-made objects within the 100-year flood plain.
The Four Lakes Task Force Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to review the Operations and Maintenance Assessment roll on June 29, 2022, at Meridian High School Auditorium, 3303 N. Meridian Rd., Sanford. The hearing will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The purpose of the hearing is to:
Review the computation of cost in connection with the 3-year cost and expenses for the administration, operations and maintenance of the lake levels.
Review the 3-year operations and maintenance Special Assessment roll for 2022-2024.
Hear any objections to the computation of cost or the Special Assessment roll.
Review computation of cost in connection with the capital improvements.
Any property owner who wishes to object to the assessment should appear at the hearing during the times listed above, or file an objection in writing by the time the public hearing closes. Please send objections to: Four Lakes Task Force, on behalf of the Four Lakes Special Assessment District, 233 E. Larkin Street, Midland, Michigan 48640.