Divers will be inspecting the areas immediately downstream of the spillway (the tailrace) at Secord and Smallwood dams this week. These are recommended items from the January 2021 GEI inspection report and are considered interim repairs.
As the inspections are weather and flow-dependent we have waited until now to have them completed. They are currently scheduled to be completed this week beginning at Secord Dam Wednesday morning.
To safely perform the inspections, FLTF may need to operate the gates to provide reduced flow conditions. Per the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) permits obtained for interim repairs, FLTF can open and close the gates while maintaining minimum flow to the downstream area. This has been communicated to EGLE and has been confirmed.
The gates will only be lowered during the inspection (2-3 hours). Dam operators will maintain flow downstream, so at least one gate will remain partially open.
During this time, property owners will not see an increase in water level and at the conclusion of the inspection, the gates will be raised back to their fully open position.
Work will be completed Wednesday. Thursday an inspection will be performed at Sanford Dam. This inspection is part of the NRCS EWP (Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection) stabilization project and will not require any gate closures.
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