Secord, Smallwood, Edenville, Tobacco and Sanford dams were built in the 1920s for the purpose of hydroelectric power generation, with the additional benefit of recreation. The dams are now being repaired and restored to return the lakes to their normal legal levels which will restore the benefits of a healthy ecosystem and recreational uses of the bodies of water. This provides economic benefit to the region as well as a lifestyle enhancement, all improving the quality of life in the region.
Without private hydro power generation, a county can own a dam that creates a lake, but assessments will be needed to operate and maintain the lakes and dams. Properties that have deeded access are in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District. We are reviewing those benefit factors with the property owners.
A variety of recent correspondence further demonstrates support for FLTF's path forward that was laid out in the Restoration Plan released in May. Check out the links below for more details.
FLTF Responds to Liesl Clark Correspondence
FERC Surrenders Hydropower License
EGLE Acknowledges County Ownership of Dams
Michigan Delegation Supports FLTF
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