The May 19, 2020 Flood and the New Reality for the Four Lakes System
An embankment failed on the Edenville Dam. Sanford Dam failed because of excess water from the Edenville failure. All causes have yet to be determined. FERC ordered Boyce to form an independent investigation team and Michigan Dam Safety joined effort. We believe the investigation should be independent from Boyce. Smallwood and Secord Dams were lowered for inspection by order of FERC. Boyce’s inspection information has not been shared with counties or FLTF. The State of Michigan has challenged Boyce on its inadequacy of inspections and plans for stabilization of the Tobacco spillway. Boyce is behind on FERC order compliance.
THE PRESIDENT HAS APPROVED A MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION
All Four Dams will be required to meet Current Standard of Practice for dam engineering and have appropriate Spillway Capacity. The Counties, State and Federal Government, or the Community should not and cannot require anything less. Long-term financing or grants are not going to be available if we are not providing a 75+ year service life to all four lakes. While the independent investigation will show causes, one thing is clear: the system failed to protect people and property.
THE FOUR LAKES TASKS FORCE PLAN GOING FORWARD REFLECTS THIS REALITY.
Lake Levels for the Four Lakes in Gladwin and Midland County
Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF)
Boyce Ownership of the Dams
THE LAKES WITH BOYCE OR PRIVATE OWNERSHIP ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE
FLTF PLAN TO RECOVER AND RESTORE THE LAKES
Planning Cost Breakdown for State Requirements (1/2 PMF with -30% to +50% confidence)
Sanford: $92 million⬧Edenville: $208 million⬧Smallwood: $14 million⬧Secord: $24 million
Total planning level cost: $338 million
Environmental and Recreation Studies
Financing and Funding
Special Assessment District and Assessments
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