The Dam

Lee Mueller of Boyce Hydro has provided the following pictures of the Sanford Dam during it’s construction.
The construction started in 1923 and was completed in 1924.

Site Pictures before construction

Construction Phase

Sanford Dam Updates 2015

Governing of the Lake

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is the governing body for hydro electric facilities in the United States. FERC regulates all hydroelectric generation plants by licensing each facility. The control of Sanford Lake resides between FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) and Boyce Hydro Trust. Michigan DNR is a key stakeholder however they defer issues …

FERC License

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is the governing body for hydro electric facilities in the United States. In the history of Sanford Dam, during February 1976, the Federal Power Commission, FERC’s predecessor, ordered Wolverine Power, the owners of the 4 dams on the Tittabawasee River (Sanford, Edenville, Smallwood and Secord) to obtain licenses …

Energy Production

Consumers Power Energy Purchases from Boyce Hydro – 2014 Consumers Power has submitted their energy purchases to FERC, see Documents section below. Boyce Hydro for 2014 (Note: this is for all four Dams owned by Boyce) MegaWatt Hours Purchased: 32,693 Total of Settlement: $2,266,751 Hydroelectric plants product electricity from the force of falling water. To …

Winter Draw-Down Operations

Winter Draw-Down

The Winter Draw-Down – Sanford Lake Foreword: For compliance with their FERC license, Boyce Hydro monitors the reservoir pool level (as mentioned in the following article) at the Sanford dam. Lake levels upstream may be higher since there is a natural North to South flow due to the active river that runs through the lake. …

Boyce Property Rights Issue

Latest: 08.12.2015 Boyce submits a letter and documents to FERC outlining their flowage rights agreement with the Sanford Lake Preservation Association. If accepted by FERC this will allow Boyce to meet the requirements of the FERC license to obtain flowage rights on the bottom lands they once owned and then lost to the County of …

Toe Drain Repair

Latest: Mar. 21, 2011: Boyce Hydro Power reports to FERC on the work done for the Toe drain repairs on Sanford Dam. They outline the remaining work on the dam which can be completed over the coming years. Toe.Drain.Repairs.03.21.2011 Timeline: Feb. 16, 2011: FERC informs Boyce that they incorrectly classified the Plan and Schedule for …

FERC Docs

FERC e-library documents: 2016 December – FERC comments on Boyce’s Flow Gaging equipment for Sanford Lake. FERC.Flow Gaging Update.12.30.2016 August – FERC grants Boyce Incremental Hydropower Generation Tax Credit for the new turbine installed at Sanford dam. FERC.Grants.Production.Tax.Credit.08.05.2016 Boyce submits an update on their request for Certification of Incremental Hydropower Generation for the Sanford dam. …

FERC eLibrary

FERC has made available to the general public access to all of FERC’s documents. eLibrary is a records information system that contains: Electronic versions of documents issued by FERC from 1989-Present; Documents received and issued by FERC: A description/index of documents from 1981-Present; Microfilm and aperture cards of documents for 1981-1995; Scanned images of paper …