The State of Michigan awarded $15 million to Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) to aid in restoration efforts of the four lakes. Funding may be used for feasibility studies and engineering design, flood and environmental studies, site readiness, and construction to restore the lake levels.
Four Lakes Task Force negotiated an access agreement with Boyce Hydro Power, and got a limited stay from the bankruptcy court, for the four dams the week of October 12.
During the summer season after the May 2020 flood events, many of the exposed bottomlands of the former Wixom Lake and Sanford Lake as well as some of the connected streams and other lakes have become densely vegetated, from the natural seed bank in the exposed soil. Vegetation is a highly effective means of stabilizing sediments and preventing further erosion or scouring of these areas.
The Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) has received a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to remove the debris pile at Sanford Dam, and will begin doing so in the coming weeks. FLTF will inventory recovered items that have distinguishing marks (owner’s name, registration number, etc.) and contact property owners to let them know that they can pick up their recovered item.
On August 31, Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) filed a motion seeking to be dismissed from the class-action lawsuit, Woods v. Midland County, that has been brought against multiple parties including FLTF, Boyce Hydro, Lee Mueller, and EGLE. The motion is scheduled for a hearing on October 28, 2020.
FLTF continues to maintain that lawsuits against the Task Force are without merit and including FLTF in any class action lawsuit is misguided. FLTF is a nonprofit organization representing the property owners of the four lakes. We act on behalf of the communities, the government and the Special Assessment District. Suing FLTF is equivalent to suing those who have suffered this loss.
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