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.
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.
Final Construction Permitted on Secord
FLTF received the EGLE permit (issued on November 2, 2022) for the Secord Dam project. This means that final construction to restore the dam can take place. Bidding for final construction will be completed this year. FLTF will continue to work with EGLE throughout the construction process to ensure the project is completed per the permit requirements.
On October 20, 2022, over 200 attendees, 16 vendors and 11 presenters filed into the Midland Center for the Arts for an all-day event about the path to Four Lakes restoration. What follows is a summary of the symposium.
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If you're interested in the technical side of dam restoration (hydrology, hydraulics, dam safety, dam regulations, ecosystem restoration, etc.), then you won't want to miss the seven sessions and 16 different vendors at "Path to Four Lakes Restoration: An Engineering and Technical Symposium" on October 20th.
Crews have been working on a pull-ahead project on Secord Dam that is being conducted prior to receiving a full construction permit.
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