Midland Daily News Top 10 Stories: No. 6. Sanford Dam repairs

“Residents around Sanford Lake saw an earlier than expected end to their summer boating season in August when the water level began to drop for emergency repairs to the Sanford Dam.
Dam owner Boyce Hydro, LLC, found wet spots in an embankment that indicated leaking and took the emergency step to prevent further damage or a possible dam failure. Many boat owners began pulling their boats, though other boats were left to sink into the sandy lake bed.
Boyce did repairs that included removing a top layer of the embankment and installing drainage materials with sand and a limestone top layer. Repairs were initially expected to be completed by September, but took longer than expected.
The lake level dropped as much as 3 feet to allow the embankment to dry, but officials hoped to be able to complete repairs with a higher water level. That plan didn’t work and the level was dropped again, and will remain that way into the spring, when the regular winter draw-down period will end.”

Source: Top 10 Stories: No. 6. Sanford Dam repairs

Something’s Fishy in Sanford!

Something’s Fishy in Sanford!


By Colette Vogel Urian
Superb fishing is one of the reasons so many are drawn to Sanford Lake each year. We were all taken by surprise with the water draw down in August. Fishing is now a distant memory from last summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy learning and having some fun now with this favorite pastime now!

A web search revealed a plethora of sites to visit! Here are a few categories and a brief synopsis of each. Look this newsletter up on our website to click on the links for ease of use.

For the avid Fisherman . . .


Michigan Fishing and Fishweb – Michigan’s first Fishing Guide! This site shows where and how to fish in Michigan. Lake and river fishing maps with reports, photos, video, tips and stories!
Fish Michigan! – Fishing reports and weekly news, angler home pages with lots of links.
Take Me Fishing – Fishing Organizations, Fishing Online, Michigan Fishing Regulations and more. This is a valuable resource for the responsible fisherman.

Fabulous and Free Fishing Games

Fishing Games – Play Fishing Games, Bass Fishing , Animals and Other Fish Games Online in Your Free Time!
Reel Fishing – Test your fishing skills in this realistic fishing simulation game. Just throw your line and see what you can catch!
Free Fishing Games – Download and play free online sport fishing video games for kids and adults on your pc. If you like fly fishing, casting, reel, 3D, deep sea, bass, carp, …

Just For Kids

Kids Fishing Trips – All About Youth Fishing – Kids Fishing Directory – Also included is a directory of state by state listings of kids fishing tips and trip ideas.

For the Cook


Allrecipes.com – Looking for fish recipes? Allrecipes has more than 1350 trusted fish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.
Easy Fish Recipes – Over 1000 delicious Easy fresh and Saltwater Fish Recipes.

FEMA Acceptance Next Steps

Bob Johnson, Edenville Township Supervisor has passed on the following next steps for Lake Residents that are impacted by the FEMA Flood ruling.

Per FEMA from the Midland Daily News article “FEMA agrees: Homes shouldn’t be in floodplain “Once the funding is assigned, the regulatory and mapping process can take 12-24 months to complete,” Smith-Kuypers said in an e-mail. “Meanwhile, should a homeowner wish to have the high-risk flood designation removed from their home as soon as possible, they can complete a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). Homeowners can submit water elevation data used in the Edenville LOMR study along with a LOMA application and the elevation data specific to their structure.”

The Edenville Township is organizing a group effort to file Letter of Map Amendments (LOMA) for residents at a cost to the residence of $250.00 per property. A normal LOMA would typically cost about $500 to $700 to complete. Since most of the data is already generated, Edenville Township is partnering with two Engineering Firms in the area and they have agreed to do it at this reasonable cost. They will do everything including filling out and sending in the application for each resident that elects to participate. Bob said that FEMA will set up special processing for this bundled application and will have a 30 day turnaround. The plan would be to start the LOMA’s around 2 months from now. Residents can also do this themselves if they so choose, but the SLA would recommend getting in on this group effort.

For residents with mortgages here is what is suggested:
1) Contact the Edenville Township Office with Name , Phone No. and Address.
Edenville Township
467 Moore Street, P.O. Box 24
Edenville, MI 48620
Phone: (989) 689-3655

People that do not have mortgages may not need to do anything as the process will take care of it in about 2-3 years. Situations such as needing a building permit or looking at selling your non-mortgaged residence before the 2-3 year process is completed should be discussed with the Edenville Township Office.

All questions should be directed to the Edenville Township Office.