Regular board meeting on behalf of the Four Lakes Special Assessment District.
Progress on Open Permitting Issues
We're making progress on the open permitting issues shared in the January 18 webinar (part 303 - wetlands, part 301 - streams, endangered species, CLOMR).
A wetlands monitoring approach was developed and put in place and is currently under review as part of the permitting process.
An impact study of streams entering Wixom and Sanford lakes will be submitted shortly.
We are engaged with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on the endangered Snuffbox Mussel. This will be a multi-month effort and we hope to keep it off the critical path of permitting.
In early March we'll meet with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and EGLE to discuss what is required for map revisions for flood insurance between Edenville and Sanford dams.
Smallwood & Secord Dams
Laying the Groundwork
Despite some weather delays, work continues at the Smallwood Dam site. Most recently, Fisher Contracting installed a silt fence (sediment control device used on construction sites to protect water quality) for the left embankment, constructed a lay yard to
temporarily store tools, materials, equipment and vehicles, and installed several culverts (pictured right).
In addition to lots of snow removal, crews at Secord Dam recently graded and leveled land for the lay yard and installed 1,084 feet of silt fence for the right embankment.
The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) committee welcomes Doug Bellomo to the group. Doug is a vice president in the water business line at AECOM focusing on flood risk management and resilience. Prior to AECOM, Doug served as a senior technical advisor for flood risk management at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources working in the areas of Dam and Levee Safety, the National Flood Risk Management Program, coastal flood risk management efforts, and floodplain management services.
The EHS committee reviews EHS policies, practices and requirements related to the operations of FLTF, and provides advice to ensure FLTF meets industry standards, regulatory compliance requirements, and future regulatory and standard changes in dam operations.
Specific dates will be shared once they are determined.
We are currently in conversations with representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to schedule a public informational webinar to explain EGLE and USACE's authority and their role in downstream flood mitigation. Once we have more details we will share them.