Today Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) provided comments related to the recommendations being consider by the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force during its public meeting. In his statement, FLTF President Dave Kepler, on behalf of Midland and Gladwin counties, noted:
An effective dam safety program requires continuous and periodic project inspections and assessments. To be sustainable, the program must be focused and collaborative in the management of Michigan’s dams and lakes. Dam safety information and risk communication must be accurate, timely and clear so individuals can understand risks and make informed decisions about their safety.
The four lakes are not the only examples of what can happen to private dams. They are an example of what will happen to every other dam in Michigan that was originally built for the purpose of generating hydropower electricity. This fate has been pre-determined for many hydropower dams which can no longer sustain the infrastructure to support the lakes, regulators or market conditions.
The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force should consider a preamble to its recommendations that frames, for the public, counties, legislators and agencies, the overarching principles related to how these recommendations should be implemented. Principles that address the current situation AND move to a sustainable system should include:
For more information, read the full statement below.
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