Dam Issue In The Cloud
Stoplog failure alters water levels at White Cloud Dam.Repairs expected in coming days.
From our friends at EGLE:
The City of White Cloud is working to repair failed stoplogs at a city-owned dam that resulted in significant changes in water levels both in a pond upstream of the dam, and the river flowing downstream. Michigan EGLE received reports of the problem Tuesday morning.
Local officials report the dam is stable, and expect to replace the failed stoplogs within days. The stoplogs hold back water in the dam. County emergency management officials and EGLE Dam Safety Unit staff are at the scene this morning.
The White Cloud Dam is rated as a high-hazard dam. Its most recent state inspection in 2019 rated it in fair condition.
It was built in 1872, rebuilt in 1920 after it was destroyed by flooding, and reconstructed in 1990.
8/2/2021 10:17:01 am
I wonder if it might be time for serious reconfiguration of the White Cloud dam? Streams and rivers are healthier in their flow and in the habitat they support when allowed to have a natural, undammed run. Perhaps it could be possible for there to be a healthy compromise between a dammed area for the sake of a small pond, and a free flow area for fish and other wildlife to thrive in?
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