Washtenaw County Board of Public Works -  Huron River Chain of Lakes Improvement Project SAD

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Huron River Chain of Lakes Improvement Project SAD

Contact Person:

Lauren N. Koloski
Environmental Supervisor
Washtenaw County Water Resources
Commissioner’s Office
705 N. Zeeb Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Cell: 734-260-0446
Office: 734-222-6865

09/24/2020 - 2020 Update & Educational Meeting - Huron River Chain of Lakes Improvement Project

View printable .pdf flyer

Hamburg Township will again host the Huron River Chain of Lakes Improvement Project Educational Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. in our Board Room at the Township Hall on Merrill Road.  This meeting will be televised on Channel 191, livestream on the Hamburg Township web site and available for viewing 24/7 on the Hamburg Township web site.

Details: Hamburg Township Hall 10405 Merrill Rd., Hamburg, MI 48139, Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Join: Washtenaw County and Progressive AE to learn more about aquatic invasive species, herbicide treatments, harvesting, maintaining biodiversity and recreational enjoyment for the Chain of Lakes Improvement Project and how you can help our efforts.

Contact: Lauren Koloski at lakes@washtenaw.org or 734-222-6865 for additional questions or information

If you are unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted to the Hamburg Township's website http://www.hamburg.mi.us/

10/25/2018 - Water Resources - Washtenaw County, Michigan:   Watch video of the 10/25/2018 meeting on the Huron River Chain Of Lakes - Lake Improvement and Management Project on Livestream at this link:  https://livestream.com/accounts/11401930/events/8434735

10/27/2017 - Huron River Chain Of Lakes Workshop - "Understanding Lake Management and LakeScan" with Dr. G. Douglas Pullman of Aquest Corporation

On Friday, 10/27/2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., the Huron River Chain of Lakes Workshop "Understanding Lake Management And LakeScan" with Dr. G. Douglas Pullman of Aquest Corporation was held in the Hamburg Township Hall Boardroom.  This event was coordinated by the Washtenaw County Board of Public Works.   View the video of the workshop by clicking here.

10/10/2017 - Project Update from Washtenaw County Board of Public Works

View printable .pdf of update letter

Chain of Lakes Project update:

(The Chain of Lakes Project includes: Little Portage, Portage, Whitewood, Base Line, Tamarack, Gallagher, Loon/Long, Zukey, and Strawberry lakes.)

Washtenaw County’s Board of Public Works passed a resolution in September setting the Chain of Lakes project assessment to 50% of the original approved amount.  The reduction in the assessment is due to the permit requirements that were unable to be met in a timely fashion.  The delay was due to unforeseen circumstances unique for this project including: notification of downstream water intakes for municipal water supplies, endangered species identified in the project area, and increased scrutiny from the fact the permit was for whole lake treatments over 4 years. 

Going forward, the permits for 2018 will be issued early in the year.  A spring meeting will occur to provide some expectations for 2018 based on the severity of the winter, and get feedback from residents about the project. Regular updates to the project’s website will provide residents in the district with details as to what activities are to be expected in 2018 and when they’ll occur.  Please go the website found at   www.ewashtenaw.org/publicworks under the Lake Improvement Projects - Chain of Lakes Project.  We are anticipating the 2018 winter assessment amount will return to the amount originally approved by the Washtenaw County BPW.

For questions or comments please contact Jeff Krcmarik at 734-222-6865 or Jonathan Pelukas at 734-222-3827

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. - 2nd Public Hearing at Hamburg Township Hall Boardroom

The Chain of Lakes Improvement Project is a five (5) year project to control the growth and reproduction of non-native invasive weeds, including Eurasian Milfoil and Starry Stonewort. The project will include spot treatments in problem areas and support other activities that would enhance the recreational and biological quality of the lake. Additionally, all necessary regulatory approvals and scientific studies for the chemical treatments as well as the creation of a lake management plan are included in the project. The total estimated cost for the five (5) year project is $1,952,530. A Special Assessment District consisting of benefiting parcels in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties will cover the total estimated cost of the project. Commercial and residential waterfront and lake access parcels form the project special assessment district because these parcels receive a benefit from the implementation of the project. The cost of the project will be distributed using the formula reflecting the varying benefit provided to each type of property.

More Info About This Project:

For more information on this project, contact:

Contact information

Jeff Krcmarik
Environmental Supervisor
Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner
(734) 222-6865

View Archive of 1st Public Hearing from Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:00 p.m. on Livestream by clicking here.

2nd Public Hearing Will Be Held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Hamburg Township Hall - View 2nd Public Hearing Notice - Click Here

Updated September 13, 2021 - Hamburg Township, Michigan   

Questions about broadcast/simulcast:   Contact Brenda Richardson at brichardson@hamburg.mi.us


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