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

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 …

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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 …

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Source: Environment Canada

Energy Production

Consumers Power Energy Purchases from Boyce Hydro – 2011 Consumers Power has submitted their energy purchases to FERC. Consumers Energy Company for the year ending 2011 Boyce Hydro for 2011 (Note: this is for all four Dams owned by Boyce) MegaWatt Hours Purchased: 32,406 Total of Settlement: $1,679,754 Hydroelectric plants product electricity from the force …

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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. …

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Boyce Property Rights Issue

Latest: 10.16.2013 – Boyce Hydro Power LLC requests for recision of Commission’s Order,Order approving updated Exhibit G Drawing.09.05.2013 and an extension of time to re-file new drawings. Extension.Exhibit G.Updates.11.04.2013 Timeline: 10.16.2013 – Boyce Hydro Power LLC requests an extension of 60 days to submit the updated Exhibit G3-G10 boundary drawings for the Sanford Project updated …

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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 …

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FERC Docs

FERC e-library documents: 2014 Apr – 04/04/2014 Letter to FERC from Boyce with the 2013 erosion reports for all four dams. Mar – 03/18/2014 Letter from FERC requesting Boyce Hydro Power, LLC to provide additional information w/in 30 days regarding the minimum flow non-compliance at the Sanford Project. Allegation of Minimum Flow Non-Compliance.03.2014 03/12/2014 Boyce …

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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 …

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