Edenville Dam

The following are key documents made available to the general public from FERC’s elibrary; there are several others in addition to these. The SLA is publishing  just the key documents so our lake communities have equal access to these documents.
The SLA Board of Directors is monitoring these events and will update our membership when appropriate.

September 2018

  • Boyce requests approval for their dismantling plans of power generation at the Edenville dam, while allowing for their adjacent buildings to be connected to Consumers given the configuration that exists at the Edenville dam. This allows them to maintain operations post Sept. 26th. for the three dams still under FERC jurisdiction.
  • Two letters supporting the Sanford Lake Preservation Association, Wixom Lake Association and the Gladwin County Board of Commissioners request for an additional 180 days.
  • FERC published another letter outlying a variety of aspects on the drawdowns, inspections and spillway gate ratings for Boyce to follow.
  • FERC issues a revision to their order on the temporary variance to reservoir elevations. The majority of this is focused on Wixom lake including  establishing minimum flows for the Edenville dam.
  • Sanford Lake Preservation Association, Wixom Lake Association and the Gladwin County Board of Commissioners request and emergency stay of 180 days on the revocation order.
  • Boyce’s law firm, Van Ness Feldman, LLP, files an emergency motion for a stay on the revocation order for the Edenville license. To support the stay, several concerns on public safety are cited.
  • Boyce submits a letter stating that with the water drawdowns, it will impact the tailrace dissolved oxygen level measurements that it records as part of the water quality management program.
  • FERC issues it’s order of approval for the drawdown of the lakes to allow spillway inspections to take place.
    • Sanford and Smallwood to start on or after Sept. 20th and are to be drawn down the full four feet.
    • Secord’s to start on or after Sept. 24th. Boyce must consult with the regional Engineer if the full four feet is necessary for Secord lake.
    • There are some concessions made to the DNR but not to the extent the DNR requested.
    • Wixom Lake – FERC mentions that Wixom lake must be drawndown to inspect the Smallwood spillways. It points out that  as of Sept. 27th FERC will no longer have jurisdiction over the Edenville dam and Wixom lake. In the Orders section Wixom lake is not mentioned.
    • FERC.Order.Approval.09.14.2018
  • FERC issues order revoking Boyce’s Edenville license. The SLA is motoring this event and will update our members with the appropriate information when we understand the implications this has to all lake residents. 

 

  • Boyce submits comments on the schedule and DNR requests for the four lake drawdowns.
    • They are withdrawing their request for the Sept. 16th earlier drawdown and are back to the original Sept. 20th request. NOTE: FERC still has to approve this date.
    • Boyce is challenging DNR’s request on monitoring the fish and mussels during the drawdown. They point out this was not requested on previous drawdowns.
    • Boyce.Comments.Schedule.DNR.09.06.2018
  • Charles Dryer submitted comments on keeping the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown.
  • Tim Daugherty submitted  comments on moving the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown to later in the year.
  • Brian Jezewski submitted comments on keeping the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown.
  • Gladwin County Commissioners submitted comments on keeping the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown.
  • Steve Friend submitted comments on keeping the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown.
  • Janell Swanson submitted comments on keeping the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown.
  • Jennifer Dewulf submitted  comments on moving the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown to later in the year.
  • Joesph Sepesy submitted comments on denying Boyce’s request to move the date.
  • Wixom Lake Association submitted their comments on keeping the Sept. 20 date for the drawdown.
  • Gene Beldyga submitted a request to deny Boyce’s request to move the date.
  • Eric MacLaughlin submitted a request to delay the drawdown to later in the season.
  • Amy Iwen submitted a request to deny Boyce’s request to move the date.

August 2018

  • FERC responds to Boyce’s request for Extension of Time and to move the drawdown date from Sept. 20th to Sept. 16th. They granted an extension of time  for an updated water management plan by Sept. 7th. In addition they said Boyce needs more detail as to why they need to move the drawdown date and must address the DNR’s comments on minimum flows and stranded fish/mussels. 
  • Richard Derrick submitted a request to delay the drawdown to later in the season.
  • Matt Halbach submitted a request to deny Boyce’s request to move the date.
  • DNR request to intervene on dam inspection protocol.
  • Bruce Vance submitted a request to delay the drawdown to later in the season.
  • Don Burnside submitted a request to delay the drawdown to later in the season.
  • Dale Furney submitted a request to delay the drawdown to later in the season.
  • Arthur Craig submitted a request to delay the drawdown to later in the season.
  • Gene and Kim Davis submitted a request to deny Boyce’s request to move the date.
  • Valerie Watson submitted a request to deny Boyce’s request to move the date.
  • Boyce submits their request to move the drawdown date from Sept. 20 to Sept. 16 based on Boyce’s calculations on how long it will take to lower the four lakes by four feet in time for the inspections.
  • Heather Gunn submitted a request from Secord Lake to move the timing to one week later due to a boat event they already have scheduled for Sept. 22.
  • Midland Daily News article on where to submit comments on Boyce’s request for a variance to lower the lakes for the upcoming inspection.
  • Gladwin County affidavit of publication of filing and soliciting comments on Boyce’s request for a variance to lower the lakes for the upcoming inspection.
  • Boyce responds to Aug. 3 letter on 2018 Water Quality Monitoring reports that was requesting additional information.
  • Boyce sends notification to DEQ, DNR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service for comments on lowering the lake for the dam inspections.
  • FERC issues a notification for comments on the proposed dam inspections. Standard FERC item done before the approval can be granted.
  • FERC requests a clarification about including the lowering of Secord lake for the dam inspections which was an oversight by Boyce.Therefore all four lakes will be lowered 4 feet when approved by FERC.
  • FERC issues a lengthy letter to Boyce commenting on their 2018 Water Quality Monitoring reports and requesting additional information.
  • DNR comments on Boyce’s request for the temporary drawdown with agreement on some items and request on habitat protection.

 

July 2018

  • FERC publishes the Wixom, Sanford and Sanford Lake Preservation Associations first progress report on the work going on by the associations.
  • Boyce has submitted another request with revised dates for the temporary drawdown, 4 feet, of the three lakes (Sanford, Wixom and Smallwood) to allow for the spillway inspections. New dates are Sept. 20th, with refilling beginning on Oct. 5 or 6.  NOTE: This still needs to be approved by FERC!
  • FERC letter is to the DNR saying they are siding with Boyce on where the lake level temperatures are being measured.
  • FERC letter on their evaluation on the Boyce’s submittal of data of lake levels and temperatures to the complaints they received this spring. Overall they were satisfied that Boyce did not keep the lake levels low when the surface temperatures were believed to be above the 39F temperature threshold and thus did not violate their license. They did take issue with a couple of lake level readings on Smallwood Lake and took issue that Boyce failed to report those incidents and therefore were in violation of their license
  • Boyce submitted a letter to FERC on their concerns on managing water level versus dissolved oxygen especially at Sanford. 

May 2018

April 2018

 

March 2018

February 2018

  • Boyce files a revised schedule for the spillway inspections. They are now proposing lowering Smallwood, Wixom, and Sanford water levels the week of 10 September, 2018 (after Labor Day weekend) with bringing back the water levels to be completed by 30 September, 2018.

Four documents were released in rapid fashion on Feb. 15, 2018

January 2018

  • Wixom Lake Association and Smallwood Lake Associations letters to FERC challenging  the timing of the reservoir lowering in July 2018 for the planned focused spillway inspections.
  • FERC has amended the original Stay based on Boyce’s concern with icing of the gates at Edenville to control the lake level. They are allowing Boyce to resume flowing water thru the turbines to insure the Edenville Lake level is under control until March 31. In addition Boyce must submit weekly photographs of the gates.

December 2017

November 2017