Sanford Lake Bathymetry Maps

The bathymetry map showing lake depths in Sanford Lake has recently been completed and is available from the Midland County Drain Commissioner’s office.
See the details here.
A CDROM version of the map has been made available for purchase by the County Drain Commissioner’s office. A copy can be picked up in the Drain Commissioner’s office for $1.00 or you may request for the CD to be mailed for $2.00 by calling the number below.
The Drain Commissioner Office is on the second floor of the Midland County office building.
220 W Ellsworth St
Midland, MI 48640-5194
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
(989) 832-6770

MDN’s Sanford Dam Project Update – Sept. 23, 2010

Tony Lascari from the Midland Daily News attended the Sanford Lake Association Board of Directors meeting last night at the request of Boyce Hydro who came to update the Board on the Dam and FEMA mapping.
You may read his article here:

SLIB on weed control for the remainder of 2010

Doug Enos, Drain Commissioner and board member of the Sanford Lake Improvement Board, has responded to the requests coming in on weed control with the lake level being lowered.

It has been asked as to why there is no treatment of the weeds in the lake at this time. There are several reasons.

  1. There is very little money left in this year’s budget for treatment.
  2. The treatment applicator is unable to get the boats into the lake with the ramps unusable.
  3. Most of the weeds you see are wild celery for which there is no chemical that will kill them, there is only a growth regulator which stunts their growth. Treatment of this weed is only done where it is hampering boat access to the remainder of the lake. With only a handful of boats on the lake this is not an issue at this time.
  4. Our treatment permit allows treatment of the native weeds [wild celery is a native weed] only in the littoral zone. The littoral zone is that portion of the shoreline out to the five foot contour level. Most of the littoral zone is now exposed ground.
  5. Killing the weeds this year is no guarantee that they will not be back again next year. Again, it is for boating, not swimming, which the Lake Board has always targeted weed control. This year’s boating season appears to have ended.

Doug Enos