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Little Manistee River HomeWaters: Syers Lake Dam Removal

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Little Manistee River HomeWaters: Syers Lake Dam Removal Spring Update

If you happen to run across Syers Creek, tucked away in Lake County, you'll find a high quality coldwater stream with great habitat for brook trout and mottled sculpin. Follow this Little Manistee River tributary far enough upstream and you may find a dry streambed caused by a sand berm dam known as Syers Lake Dam. Created to provide vehicle access to adjacent private lands, the 120' long and 6' high berm restricts movement of aquatic life, increases sedimentation and elevates water temperatures.

Removal of this barrier will not only return the natural flow to the creek, but wetland areas will also be reclaimed. As we experience more severe weather events, these wetlands are critical buffers that help manage additional runoff.

Our project team has completed a preliminary design to remove the current structure and replace it with an appropriately sized structure that accommodates a more natural stream flow and provides a safe crossing for vehicles. This undertaking is estimated to cost $120,000 with 90% of the funding currently committed.

The next steps include an engineering contract and design of the dewatering system – slated for completion in May. This will be followed by permitting and compliance this summer with the bidding process to start in July for an anticipated August construction launch. Read more at Syers Lake Dam Removal.

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