A packet of letters of support for the House and Senate dam repair and safety bills, signed by key public and private entities in the Four Lakes region of Gladwin and Midland counties, was sent to Michigan elected officials last week.
The letters expressed gratitude for their leadership and foresight in sponsoring the bills and reiterated the impact of the legislation if the funding is approved.
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.
Where funding and grants are directed depends on the funding source.
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