Recent events related to the Edenville dam failure were terrible and tragic for our community. All of us on the Four Lakes Task Force are devastated by our individual and collective losses, and our hearts go out to everyone who is impacted. The Lake Associations and Counties were in the process of acquiring the dams, with a closing expected, and then to improve the dams to survive historic floods. The acquisition has not and will not take place under the terms that were negotiated with Boyce Hydro this past winter.
The tragedy of last week has left a huge void in our community. Fortunately, the dam failures did not cost any of our citizens physical injury.
We, as a community, are now left to move forward to prevent further deterioration of the four dams currently owned by Boyce Trust, and employing the combined resources of our community look to repair the dams and restore the lakes.
The Four Lakes Task Force, the authority delegated by Midland and Gladwin counties to purchase and maintain the lake system, has agreed to guide the county's effort to secure and resurrect the dam structures and lakes.
Speaking for myself, I fully support the efforts of the Four Lakes Task Force, and with the support of my fellow commissioners, hope to preserve and recreate the lakes and dams.
Boyce Hydro recently submitted the Secord Dam auxiliary spillway design concept plans and preliminary engineering report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The Secord Dam submittal is required by FERC to maintain compliance with FERC Dam Safety standards. Secord Dam currently does not have adequate spillway capacity to meet federal regulations. If generation of hydro-electric power is to continue at the Secord Dam, additional spillway capacity must be constructed.
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