SANFORD LAKE DRAW DOWN SEPT. 15
AS SEEN IN MIDLAND DAILY NEWS
Boyce Hydro has notified The Sanford Lake Association and Sanford Lake Preservation Association that Sanford Lake will need to be drawn down earlier than normal this year.
The water will begin to be drawn down by 6 to 8 inches per day starting on Sept. 15. This drawdown process to winter levels is occurring about three months earlier than normal.
“During the last drawdown for repairs I learned that we needed to be quicker in notifying those affected by the drawdown. I am working with the Sanford Lake community in order to balance these essential repairs that are needed to keep the integrity of the dam while keeping water in the lake for the summer,” said Boyce co-member manager Lee Mueller in a press release. “I’m glad we are able to keep the water level up through Labor Day and am thankful that the associations are there to help us spread the word on the drawdown so no one is caught off guard.”
The drawdown is needed to repair damage to the spillway on the Tittabawasee (east) side of the Edenville Dam that occurred during the 2016 spring high waters when two of the three spill gates had to be opened. Rushing water caused joints between the concrete slabs at the bottom of the spillway to open and allowed water to go underneath the slabs. This resulted in at least two of the 16-ton concrete slabs on the floor to be moved out of position — one of them being flipped 180 degrees (upside down) and moved downstream.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has informed Boyce Hydro that these repairs need to be completed prior to the high water season that will occur in the spring of 2017.
Mueller asked the Sanford Lake Association and Sanford Lake Preservation Association for help in notifying the public.
“While no one wants to lose the final months we have to enjoy the lake, this damage is severe and needs to be fixed and we’ve been told by Boyce that they have the funding to make the repairs,” said Adam Beebe, president of the Sanford Lake Association. “I’d like to thank Mr. Mueller for holding off the repairs until after Labor Day and for proactively reaching out to us to ensure no one is caught off guard by the early drawdown.”
Mueller said Boyce Hydro plans to continue to keep the associations apprised of the repairs and the Sanford Lake Association plans on posting relevant information regarding the repairs at www.sanfordlakeassociation.org