WATSON AND CLOVERDALE DRAINS UPDATE

In July, BCDC submitted a response to a two-part correction request received from EGLE and DNR for the permit application that includes Upper Crooked Lake floodwater pumping and Cloverdale Lake and Long Lake outlet improvements. On August 24th, EGLE sent correspondence to BCDC requesting additional information, primarily related to the Delton Marsh and impacts to bog wetlands. EGLE continues its review of BCDC’s submitted proposal for invasive species management.

JUNE UPDATES

A second pump was installed north of Delton Road on May 5th and began operating on May 12th. The second pump will increase the rate of withdrawal from Upper Crooked Lake and discharge to the Delton Road Infiltration Basin.

EGLE conducted a virtual public hearing on May 21st to receive public feedback regarding the permit application submitted by BCDC for proposed outlet improvements to Cloverdale Lake and Long Lake and floodwater pumping from the Delton Road Infiltration Basin to the Delton Marsh.  On June 3, 2020, all comments received by EGLE were forwarded to BCDC and the Drainage District’s engineer for review.

The Drainage District’s engineer has started assembling construction bid documents for the Cloverdale Lake and Long Lake outlet improvements and floodwater pumping from the Delton Road Infiltration Basin to the Delton Marsh. An EGLE permit still must be received before additional floodwater conveyance can begin.

APRIL UPDATES

Watson Drain

Seasonal limitations on water level alternations for the Delton Road Infiltration Basin were lifted on April 8th. The lifting of restrictions will allow for a higher rate of floodwater to be pumped off Upper Crooked Lake to the Basin. Water level alterations are typically restricted until the end of April. A special thanks to Matt Diana, DNR, and Audrie Kirk, EGLE, for facilitating a quick review.

A permit modification form was submitted to EGLE on April 7th to increase the size of the water withdrawal from Upper Crooked Lake that was originally permitted in May 2019. This larger withdrawal will also allow for a higher rate of pumping from Upper Crooked Lake to the Delton Road Infiltration Basin.

Shallow Lake

The easements necessary for this project have been acquired and a permit application has been submitted to EGLE.

Cloverdale Drain/Watson Drain

Public Notice has been issued by EGLE regarding the submitted permit application that proposes to pump water from the Delton Road Infiltration Basin to the south end of the Cloverdale Chain of Lakes and make improvements to the outlets of Cloverdale Lake and Long Lake.

A special thanks to Audrie Kirk, Kelsey Krupp and the rest of the EGLE Water Resources staff for their assistance.