Even though the Michigan legislature and the administration have agreed to a budget for the next fiscal year that includes funds for dam safety, this is not the same as legislation that was introduced in the Michigan House and Senate in May that could allocate millions of dollars for dam repairs to restore the Four Lakes. The May legislation is not included in the recently announced budget
A new fact sheet about Four Lakes Task Force provides background information and summarized plans for the recovery and restoration of the four dams. The document includes background information about the lakes and dams, details about estimated funding, and an overview of the four critical issues for success. We encourage you to take a look and even print a copy for yourself!
Legislation was introduced in the Michigan House and Senate in May that could allocate millions of dollars for dam repairs to restore the four lakes. Even though the Michigan legislature and the administration have agreed to a budget for the next fiscal year, any financial allocation for the dams would more than likely come in the approval of a supplemental appropriation, with discussion on these types of investments beginning in October. Financing for the bills is possible because of excess available funds.
We are pleased to see this interim report from the forensic investigation team. The five-member independent forensic team (IFT) is investigating the failures and the physical and human factors that contributed to the cause of the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam failures. In this interim report, the IFT’s findings to date on the physical mechanisms are presented in only summary form, with all the detailed evidence being compiled and presented in the IFT’s final report to be issued in the next several months.
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