After further evaluation, FLTF determined that the proposed Four Lakes operations assessment, which was set to begin on the winter 2021 tax bill, is better suited to begin in 2022. Before implementing an assessment we want to ensure we have a quality implementation plan, therefore we need:
The four lake communities have a choice when it comes to recovery and restoration efforts. Removing the dams would require a decades-long program to manage public safety while removing the dams, with all necessary permits, and an environmental restoration plan. Our preliminary engineering estimates predict that this effort would cost $125 million. This path forward has no funding source and no one is championing this effort.
Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) received good news that our pre-application loan for the Four Lakes Special Assessment District (SAD) was accepted and meets the eligibility requirements for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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.
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