Summer will be a busy time on the Four Lakes, with work continuing to stabilize the dams, remove debris and vegetation from the lakebottoms, and activate new monitoring instrumentation. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:
Is Four Lakes Task Force doing anything about vegetation on the lakebottoms?
Yes, we're working on a plan to manage the trees and vegetation growing on the lakebottoms. We're collaborating with EGLE, the Townships and weed assessment districts to work out a plan. It is too early to share details but property owners can look for a more specific plan later this summer. Rest assured the option will be safe for people, pets and desirable plant life. Safety is a priority!
Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) is grateful for the recently introduced legislation that provides significant funding toward dam restoration.
We have advocated for similar bipartisan support since May 2020. We ask our elected officials to work collaboratively to ensure the proposed funding is passed by the legislators and signed into law by the governor. These bills would alleviate the significant financial burden currently being placed on the community and restore the ecosystem, recreation, and livelihoods of thousands of people, many of whom are retirees on fixed incomes and have limited resources, that were impacted by dam failures they did not cause.
Letter to EPA and FERC Seeks Help to Rebuild
In a bipartisan show of support, U.S. senators and members of Congress from Michigan asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to assist the State of Michigan and our communities in recovering from the dam failures of May 2020.
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