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State begins emergency clearing of Edenville spillway

Dec 9, 2020

Credit Clinton Snider / clintonsnider.com

State officials say emergency efforts are underway to prepare the Edenville spillway for high spring water levels after a dam collapsed earlier this year.

The project is intended to clear and lower the waterway and allow any spring surges to flow downstream uninterrupted.

Nick Assendelft is with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. He says the concern right now is that the dam isn’t prepared to handle a spring surge.

“We’re concerned that with the dam still in the condition it is, come springtime when you have snowmelt and rainstorms the dam is not going to be able to hold back increased water flow and increased precipitation,” Assendelft said.

Assendelft says the project does not represent the state taking a stance on the future of the dam.

Separately, the Four Lakes Task Force announced a bankruptcy court has allowed them to proceed with acquiring the dam. The group called the ruling a “key step” in their effort to rebuild the Edenville dam and restore the lake.