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.
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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.
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.
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.
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- Nine monitoring wells are scheduled to be installed adjacent to the Delton Road Infiltration Basin (“Jones Property”) starting in March. These monitoring wells will allow for better understanding of the movement of infiltrated water once pumping from Upper Crooked Lake to the Infiltration Basin begins in Spring 2020. These were requested by EGLE because of citizen concerns.
- A second pipe was installed under Delton Road during the week of February 17, 2020. This pipe will serve as a second line to withdraw water from Upper Crooked Lake once pumping begins in Spring 2020. This will increase water removal from the Lake.
- A 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 is currently in process with EGLE. EGLE issued a correction request to the original application submission and a response to this correction request was submitted on February 4, 2020.
- The Barry County Board of Commissioners adopted resolutions on February 11, 2020 authorizing preliminary studies on the feasibility of establishing normal lake levels on Cloverdale Lake and Long Lake. Feasibility studies were submitted to the Barry County Board of Commissioners on February 13, 2020. The Board of Commissioners voted to initiate the establishment of a normal lake level for Long Lake and Cloverdale Lake on February 25, 2020.
- GEI Consultants was retained in January 2020 to perform engineering services for the Watson Drain and Cloverdale Drain projects. Both projects will remain under the leadership of Brian Cenci, as he and a group of colleagues transitioned to GEI Consultants in January from their previous firm.
- A lawsuit from Upper Crooked Lake property owners against the Watson Drain Drainage District was dismissed in Barry County Circuit Court in December. The date for appeal by the plaintiffs has since passed.
- Two culverts were installed under Orchard Road in January to allow for the water level in the wetlands on each side of the road to return to their natural state of equilibrium, which will be included in the Watson Drain at the end.
- The Drain Commissioner’s office assisted Pleasant Lake property owners in cleaning out culverts under North Bay Road in January to help facilitate flood relief to the lake.
Water withdrawal from Upper Crooked Lake was schedule to terminate on October 15th. Due to warmer than normal weather, the Drain Commissioner’s office was able to reach an agreement with EGLE to allow withdrawals to continue until November 6th. A second extension for water withdrawals has been requested and is pending review/approval by EGLE. If approved, this extension would allow withdrawals to continue only to keep Upper Crooked Lake from further rising and would expire upon ice formation on the lake.
Per the stipulations listed in the issued EGLE permit, spring 2020 withdrawals from Upper Crooked Lake will commence after April 30th.
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A petition was filed with the Barry County Drain Commissioner on March 20, 2018 requesting maintenance and improvement of the Watson Drain. On May 7, 2018, the Board of Determination ordered that a project was necessary to alleviate the flooding in the area and revised the boundaries of the Drainage District. No appeals were filed and the time to appeal the Board’s determinations has passed.
Since the Board of Determination, the Drain Commissioner has been working with an engineer to develop a solution to the ongoing flooding problems. A long-term solution has been developed, consisting of an infiltration-based system, and connecting to and utilizing detention within existing watercourses. Once implemented, bids will be taken and a day of review of apportionments will be held where landowners and public corporations can review their percentage of the overall cost of the project. The final project will then be constructed. In the meantime, the Drain Commissioner and engineer have been implementing temporary solutions to provide immediate relief from the rising water levels.
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