FLTF has made significant progress on Sanford and Edenville permitting to the point it is likely Sanford Dam will go to public comment for permitting in May. Edenville may take a little longer, however, FLTF will have a project to upgrade the embankments and add a cutoff wall this year, with a plan for a total restoration bid by the end of this year. The FLTF Webinar from April 26, 2023 provided a detailed status update.
Last week FLTF received the construction bids for Sanford Dam from two out-of-state construction companies, the bids were higher than expected.
Edenville and Sanford Updates
The momentum on dam reconstruction has been positive these last several weeks. Check out our Construction Newsletter for greater detail about Secord and Smallwood dams, which have been issued construction permits and are being rebuilt.
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).
FLTF expects to receive the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) permit for the Smallwood Dam project this week. Once we receive the permit, it means that final construction to restore the dam can take place. EGLE received comments from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency during its review process. FLTF will continue to work with EGLE throughout the construction process to ensure the project is completed per the permit requirements.
FLTF awarded the contract for constructing Secord and Smallwood dams to Midland-based Fisher Contracting. Fisher was the lowest of two bidders. Eight other companies were approved through FLTF’s pre-qualification process but chose not to bid.
Reconstruction Bidding Process
In spring 2022, Four Lakes Task Force began the process to pre-qualify construction firms for the Secord and Smallwood dam restoration projects. The result is a list of eight contractors. Of those, four confirmed their intention to bid. One company is local to the Great Lakes Bay Region. The formal bid documents were released on October 17, 2022.
Sanford Dam 60% Design Submitted to EGLE
The Sanford Dam EGLE permit was submitted on November 1, 2022, and contained the following:
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