Reader asks about upcoming Dam work
N3 received a note from one of our readers asking if we could see if there are any updates on the rebuilding of the Hardy Dam spillway and roadway across the Dam.
We got in touch with the ever amiable Rich Houtteman from Consumers Energy who provided the following:
We are awaiting milestones next year that involve regulating entities such as Michigan Dept of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) permitting,
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval, as well as revenue recovery from the Michigan Public Service Commission.
We are planning as though the project will begin after Labor Day 2023 but that is very tentative at this time. We should have more
confidence in a start date (if granted) by early to mid-summer.
The road over the dam should be operational through at least Labor Day Weekend and likely beyond into Fall.
In the meantime we will carry on with logging and clearing work where the tentative new spillway will be constructed. Folks can check the
latest info here at https://www.consumersenergy.com/company/electric-generation/renewables/hydroelectric
He also added:
Hardy Pond Drawdown Schedule Change
This year’s annual winter drawdown for Hardy Pond will begin early November 1, 2022 in preparation for a future auxiliary spillway project. The restoration to normal operating water levels will be by May 26, 2023 (Friday prior to Memorial Day weekend). The future auxiliary spillway project is in the design and engineering phase. Construction dates will be shared when finalized.
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