The project team met with EGLE representatives in August to discuss the project. EGLE was receptive to a potential gravity outlet to the east; however, they requested additional study including the following data:

  • Wetland delineation and inventory.
  • Groundwater monitoring.
  • Lake Level and water quality monitoring.

Representatives of the project team have met with neighboring properties adjacent to Pine Lake to survey the proposed alignment of a potential gravity outlet and begin preliminary discussions for easement acquisition.

Currently we are conducting the following field work:

  • Monitoring well and staff gauge installation.
  • Wetland inventory and delineation.
  • Topographic survey.

See below for an updated schedule.


On July 7, 2019 and July 11, 2019, the Barry County Board of Commissioners and Allegan County Board of Commissioners, respectively, passed resolutions authorizing the Allegan County Drain Commissioner and Barry County Drain Commissioner to exceed the $10,000 annual spending limit to explore options to bring the lake level down. 

Links to copies of the resolutions are below.