Texas Township meeting aims address flooding issue

A question and answer session is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, prior to the start of the hearing. (WWMT/File)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division rescheduled a flood related public hearing for Monday, Jan. 11 in the Dale B. Lake Auditorium at Kalamazoo Valley Community College at 7 p.m.

A question and answer session was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. prior to the start of the hearing.

The proposed permit that is planned to be discussed is aimed to relieve flooding in Texas Township.

Water resource officials said the hearing was expected to be centered around the proposal to temporarily pump water from Eagle Lake and Crooked Lake into wetlands, Bass Lake, the West Fork of Portage Creek and Atwater Mill Pond.

If passed, the permit will allow water to be pumped from Eagle Lake into Crooked Lake at a rate of 1,500 gallons per minute, and from Crooked Lake to wetlands adjacent to Bass Lake at a rate of 3,000 gallons per minute. Mesh screening would also be used for the Crooked Lake pump to prevent transfer of invasive species.

The division said the pumping will lower the water surface elevation of Eagle Lake and Crooked Lake. Pumping will continue until the elevation of Eagle Lake reaches 899.8 feet and Crooked Lake reaches 892.9 feet. Once the lakes reach the targeted elevations, in 120 to 360 days depending on precipitation, pumping would continue to maintain normal water levels.

Officials explain that is passed, water levels and pumping will be monitored weekly and after rain events exceeded 1/2 inch. Pumping will proceed on a 13-day on, two-day off schedule to minimize impacts to Eastern Massassauga Rattlesnake.

The pumped water will increase water levels in approximately 31 acres of wetland and is modeled to increase water levels by approximately one foot on Bass Lake and approximately six inches within the West Fork, Portage Creek and adjacent wetlands downstream to the west of U.S. 131.

View documents or make comments here.

The public hearing is aimed to be informational and encourage the expression of views and presentation of facts.

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