Dam Drawdown Update
By N3 News
Photo by Nick Smith
Hardy Dam produces clean renewable energy and the enormous body of water it creates provides a huge number of recreational opportunities.
Thus it’s pretty important to those who enjoy the boating, fishing, swimming, camping and more recently, biking/hiking options available at the Pond and its environs.
We have heard a number of people talking about the recent early drawdown of Hardy Pond. In October residents in the area received a letter from Brooke McTaggart who serves as the Land and Recreation Administrator for Consumers Energy indicating the drawdown would begin in early November and return to normal levels on the Friday preceding Memorial Day weekend.
Generally the drawdown begins in January and is returned to normal by May 1.Ms. McTaggart referenced a future project involving the auxiliary spillway as part of the reason for the change.
We contacted CE to see if any more information was currently available and received this from Senior Public Information Director Terry Dedoes.
"The drawdown is related to a future auxiliary spillway project. The change to the drawdown timing, which is within our licensing limits, is due to the need to provide reserve storage capacity while we are evaluating repairs to the auxiliary spillway and the time needed to do so. We are also evaluating upcoming drawdown levels that will be necessary during the future auxiliary spillway and roadway replacement projects. As for the timeline, the project is still in the design and planning phase. When we have details finalized and the necessary state and federal approvals obtained, we will be sure to share timing information."
So stay tuned folks.
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