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Public Comment Open for Sanford Dam Permit Application

Reminder from the FLTF: Public Comment Remains Open for Sanford Permit Application - Hearing Set for July 5th Learn More
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Water Resources Division (WRD), has posted the following notice to the MiEnviro Portal home page. To make comments and view documents please click here. A public hearing will occur on July 5, 2023, at 6:00 PM via webinar. You can register here. The permit application is for the following work: Rebuild the right embankment and extend the existing steel sheet piling (SSP) cutoff wall into the dam foundation and install internal filter drainage layers with a toe drain
  • Construct a new auxiliary spillway across the top of the right embankment comprised of roller-compacted concrete (RCC)

  • Raise the existing primary spillway side walls and extend them downstream

  • Install new hydraulically operated crest gates

  • Fill the powerhouse with controlled low strength material (CLSM)

  • Construct a low level outlet right of the crest gates to maintain base flows

  • Flatten the left embankment slopes and install a blanket filter on the downstream side of the embankment


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The FLTF has posted an update regarding the permitting process for the Sanford Lake Dam. They are in the final stages of the process and feel it is likely they will receive the permit in September!

The next Four Lakes Task Force informational webinar is scheduled for August 10 at 3:00-4:30pm. The topics will be Costs and Financing. Please click here to register.

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