FLOODING UPDATES

Information about the Lake Flooding and what Texas Township is planning to do to help changes constantly.  The best way to stay up to date is to send us your email address as we send out emails as soon as we receive new information.  Texas Township also has a periodic email update which can be subscribed to here

Chronological Time Schedule for Pumping

Date
March 2020
April 2020
August 2020
9/30/2020
October 2020
November 2020
11/22/2020
February 2021
April 2021
May 2021
June 2021
9/30/2021
November 2021
Milestone
Lake Level Study
Township/County/Drain Commissioner Review
Schedule Circuit Court Docket
End of First Pumping Permit and Date of Extension
Create Assessment District
Appeals Period End
End of First Pumping Easements
Design Complete
MDEQ Permitting
Bidding
Begin Construction
Date End of Pumping Permit Extension
Complete Construction
Status
Completed
In Progress
Pending
Pending
Pending

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens if a property that currently holds an easement for temporary pumping decides to not allow the easement when the first permit expires?

Currently, the wetlands owned by the Bentwood Shores Association have concerns with extending the easements. Their easements end November 22nd.  The Township, along with the Eagle Lake Board, are trying to work with those three owners to come to an agreement.  The Township has also identified another potential route for the Short Term pumping. 

 

Separately, the EGLE permit ends September 30th.  While the original permit allowed for one extension, it still has to formally approved by EGLE.

 

Q: Does Eagle Lake have to be at a certain level in order for construction to begin for long term solution?

 

No.  If approved, the current long term plan does not need a certain water level to begin construction.

 

Q: What is the target lake elevation level for long term solution for Eagle Lake?

 

The initial draft of the Long Term Solution, including the Target Elevation, has been reviewed under confidentiality by representatives from both Eagle and Crooked Lake.  Once the final draft is submitted, the level can be disclosed publicly. 

Q: What Pumping Rates can we expect this winter?

From EGLE:

While it’s a bit too far out to predict what the winter pumping regime will be like, we continue to review the weekly monitoring data as part of an iterative process, and will make any necessary adjustments in the pump rate in order to best balance benefits to lake residents and downstream impacts.  Similar to last winter, any pumping from roughly October 1 through mid-April would need to be at a rate that does not cause fluctuations in downstream water levels.  This is to be protective of sensitive wildlife that are dependent on stable groundwater levels. 

Helpful Links

ELTA Pumping Policy
Current Lake Levels
Presentation to County Commission
Township Email Update Archive
NewsChannel 3 Flooding Story
CW7 News Story
Jorge Rodas covers Treasure Island

Kalamazoo County Resolution
Texas Township Flooding Page
NewsChannel 3 Lansing Flood Coverage
MLive Article on Flooding
NewsChannel 3 Townhall Coverage
Latest NewsChannel 3 Flood Coverage
MLive Article on Legal Lake Level Meeting

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