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Race for the WRC office Incumbent Republican Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John P. McCulloch is being challenged by Democrat Jim Nash in the Nov. 6 general election for a four-year term paying $138,999 annually.

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Jim Nash has been an Oakland County commissioner since 2004. He has a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in peace studies from Florida State University. While living in Florida, he worked for the Florida Democratic Party doing communications work and research, as well as the Florida Legislative Library. He and his wife have owned a small outdoor furniture manufacturing company and a flower shop in Southfield. Nash has served on the Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group Political and Executive committees. He was the chairman of the Southeast Michigan Group from 20032005 and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Engineering Society of Detroit. Nash currently serves on the National Association of Counties' Green Government Committee and was a presenter at a National Conference on the economic impact of Oakland County's water resources.


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McCULLOCH: Certainly, for those augmentation wells and dams that we have jurisdiction over, we're continually monitoring their condition. As with any aging infrastructure, there's always challenges and limited funds. But I think, overall, those structures are in pretty decent shape. We inspect those lake level control structures on a regular basis, and there's always at some point a need to potentially either refurbish or to replace them. But I would say there's not an emergency situation that would prompt us to say these structures need to be replaced immediately or are past due. In recent years we've added certain remote technology that allows us to monitor the levels, as opposed to having somebody manually go out and gauge that. Our response time or reaction time is much better given that technology. Secondly, in certain cases where historically only one (legal lake) level was established by the court, we have gone in and provided for basically two (legal lake) levels, depending on the season. That provides us a better management tool and some flexibility in managing these particular lakes. If you look at this year, which was a drought year, for the most part we were able to deal with that challenge much quicker, so our complaint levels and concerns were far less than what they had been historically. I compare that to the last drought that we went through in 2002, where we had major, major challenges. We just didn't see that this year as we have in the past. OL: Which county drains should be a priority for the water resources commissioner, and what needs to be done there? Where do you anticipate having to replace entire existing drains, or construct new infrastructure where none currently exists? NASH: A lot of it is, again, how the system is aging. One of things I really want to focus on in this campaign is stormwater issues. There are a lot of cities across the country that are changing the way we charge for stormwater runoff and allowing companies and landowners to change the way they've set up their drainage off their properties to lessen their impact. So that means they can, over time, save money on the stormwater costs. Wherever there are impervious surfaces, whether they be roofs or parking lots or roads, you have runoff. And if you can change the perviousness of both roofs through green roofs and bioswales and all the things you can do for parking lots, you can eliminate the runoff from those surfaces. If you can do that, that starts to eliminate the stormwater problem. We can work on that effort through changing facilities, through landscaping, and through all the different things that can be done. OAKLAND LAKEFRONT

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priority. We regularly inspect all our drains and put them on a maintenance cycle. But I would tell you that with the old agricultural drains, those that typically are over 100-years-old that were originally built to drain farm land as opposed to developed areas — which, of course, today we have a lot of those areas that have been developed — we are limited by the Drain Code in terms of how much we can spend to maintain those. Those are the ones that provide the biggest challenge because of the limitation as to how much we can spend in order to maintain these old drains. These old Chapter 4 drains that are the agricultural drains and we're limited to spending $5,000 per mile (for annual maintenance and repairs). In today's environment, that probably wouldn't cover three or four hours of major machinery and personnel time to go out there and deal with that, let alone an entire mile. And the challenge is the issue doesn't stop and start every mile, so if you're going to go in and improve or clean out a drain, you typically have to do it for the entire section of drain or you're wasting your money. So, the only way to overcome that limitation is through working with the local municipalities to see if there are additional sources of revenue or funding that would allow us to go in and address the issue. We're always looking for those opportunities and other funding sources to try to address these issues. There's no specific drain that I would point to in terms of maintenance priority. In terms of actual new construction, in light of the current economic situation and where we have been since 2008, there literally has been a halt in the need for new infrastructure. So most of our emphasis and focus is on repair and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Again, whether it be drains or some of these combined systems, their useful life is typically 40 to 60 years. In a lot of cases we're at 80 years-plus, so we are primarily focusing in on refurbishing or maintaining those as opposed to building new infrastructure. OL: Many of the county's lakes are vulnerable to contamination either through combined sewer overflows (CSOs) or sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), depending on how sanitary sewer infrastructure is in place across the county. What, if anything, would you do to address this threat if elected water resources commissioner? NASH: As I've said in the previous question, it's learning and adjusting to properties to avoid the runoff in the first place. In my city of Farmington Hills, we put in pervious pavement on several of our properties, otherwise before that the runoff in a storm would have gone into the storm sewers and contributed to the OAKLAND LAKEFRONT

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overflow. What we're doing by putting pervious pavement on these surfaces is the water is not making it off the surfaces into the stormwater system. And as we have low-impact development, we can use those in new developments or when people are doing landscaping, when they are doing new parking lots, because again, you have to replace parking lots over time. We can do things like have bioswales either within the parking lot or around the parking lot. So whatever runoff comes off them is collected there and then slowly goes into the ground. Only 100-year storms would have stormwater overflow, so it's all in how we plan for the future and how we help companies or developments plan their pervious pavement, pervious surfaces to make sure we don't have runoff from them in the first place. You know we've been keeping up with it with stormwater fees and trying to control it when it happens, but we need to do so before it happens. McCULLOCH: With the combined sewer overflows, Oakland County has actually been ahead of the curve in addressing those issues by either the expansion or improvement of the old 12 Towns Drain, which is the George W. Kuhn Drain, and then the building of the three new basis in the Rouge Watershed that were constructed in the latter part of the 1990s. I'm pleased to report that we're in full compliance with the Clean Water Act by the construction and maintaining and operating of those four basins. As far as sanitary sewer overflow issues, we have been fortunate enough not to experience a significant number of those. Unfortunately they still do exist. We continue to work with the state agency in identifying those areas that have to be addressed, or those areas that are potentially vulnerable to create sanitary sewer overflows to avoid them from occurring in the future. That's been my focus is on the SSO side of the equation, given the fact that on the CSOs we've already addressed those. I think the readers have to understand the CSOs typically about 25 times a year will capture flow and retain it in that basin. But there are three or four times a year where it does overflow — it is treated and it is screened and it does meet water quality standards under the Clean Water Act, but they do occur. You can't build a facility large enough that would accommodate those types of occurrences. We just don't have a control over Mother Nature. So what we want to do is minimize them and obviously treat them to comply with the Clean Water Act. OL: Should the Water Resources Commissioner's Office have a broader role relative to general lake issues, such www.oaklandlakefront.com

as water quality monitoring, for example, given both the importance of these waterways to the quality of life in Oakland and the the ongoing decreases in state commitment of funds to help protect the waterways? NASH: One of the big issues right now to me — and the more I talk to people about it, people are upset, especially in the lakes region of the county — is the fracking leases that have been released and the water quality issues around that. And I want to make sure we do testing of groundwater and of lake water all around these areas because several of these leases are right near the water on Orchard Lake and Cass Lake. That can have serious infiltration underground; or if a well had blown out or something like that, which also does happen, we have to make sure we have really good systems. I would call for a moratorium on actually starting this exploration until we have top-of-the-line resources available to us in case there is a leak or in case there is a blowout, to stop any kind of infiltration into the water systems and to make sure if there is any kind of problem that the people responsible, the people doing the drilling are in fact going to be able to cover any costs to bring our water quality back. So we need serious testing around these areas where the fracking will be, in addition to what has already been done. We must make sure we have a system in place to stop anything in case there is a blowout or in case there is a serious accident. We had the name (of the job) changed to Water Resources Commissioner and these are the water resources we have. The recreational water we have with all these very large lakes and expensive properties around them, if we had a serious problem in one of these lakes, if we had a large fish kill or a large infusion of some of these fracking chemicals into the lake, it could affect property values, it could affect the ability of people to get on these lakes. That would hurt our economy a lot. Our county government takes a lot of pride in our recreational waters, and several years ago we did a study on the impact of our recreational waters on our county economy. It found it's very strong in terms of just having the recreation available to us and as a recruiting tool for companies when they are looking for employees. They can say we have fantastic parks and some of the best lakes in Michigan. So if we really value that, we have to make sure we protect it long-term. And that involves all the levels of protection for the lakes — lake levels, algae, invasive species, and the potential of chemicals coming in through runoff or from fracking. These are our water resources, and I think that’s the most important thing the office does besides regulating drains and sewers. OAKLAND LAKEFRONT

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McCULLOCH: I do believe there is the opportunity for a greater role. I've always indicated there's certain overlap between local jurisdiction as well as state jurisdiction on these water quality issues. It follows my thinking that water doesn't stop and start at jurisdictional boundaries. So I really believe that by allowing the Water Resources Office to have oversight on these issues that there would be better coordination and more resources allocated to those areas of concern. I've always felt that the state agencies should have more of an oversight or audit function, as opposed to a regulatory function. They can certainly set the standard, and then in terms of implementation in monitoring on a regular basis, that's something that I think can appropriately be done at the county level. Given the number of lakes, rivers and streams in our county, I think that's certainly a critical approach in order to maintain the water quality. OL: What are the three most important issues for the Water Resources Commissioner's Office at this time, and how do you propose to address them? NASH: Collaboration within the county and local governments and regionally with Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Monroe — all the counties in southeast Michigan really have to be working together on this, and this is something I absolutely will be pushing. In terms of mitigating stormwater, that's what I talked about earlier, finding a way to help communities and businesses and even developments control that water before it gets into the system. We need to have the things in place that we aren't doing yet. There's another program that I've been working on and I will make it as much as I can a part of what the Water Resources Commissioner's Office would do. There's a company in Oakland County that has come up with a program that has the technology and everything available to them to start putting in power generating systems along our sewer main. And what this does is it would have little pulloffs along the sewer mains that would bring the wastewater flow through turbines to create power. And this could be done along large sewer lines where you would always have flow. There's constant flow, so there would be the availability of a truly non-environmentally disturbing power source where you could generate power from sewage flow over long periods of time on a regional basis. This has been something I've been working on for quite some time. Again, I've been very involved with sustainability and alternative energy sources. This is something that the water resources commissioner could do in the long-term that would really have an effect on our ability to generate clean power in this region. www.oaklandlakefront.com

McCULLOCH: As we just talked about, certainly maintaining the current infrastructure and striving to identify adequate funding to ensure we meet water quality standards here in the county. I think that's why people are attracted to this county, is because of the natural amenities. Secondly, continue to strive to address the Detroit water and sewer issues, since a majority of our communities do buy water or sewer services from Detroit. Given escalating water and sewer rates in recent years, obviously we must ensure that they are running that facility efficiently, and minimize those increases going forward. Thirdly, I would say striving to put into place permanent funding to deal with these infrastructure challenges. Most of this infrastructure was built with federal funds. In a lot of cases, 80 percent was funded by federal funds. Those programs do not exist today. So, one of the main reasons rate-payers are seeing such tremendous increases in their rates is because now the financial burden to replace or refurbish this infrastructure solely rests on the rate-payers. I believe it should be a formula whereby the rate-payers kick in one-third, there should be a permanent federal program to assist in funding some of this replacement and refurbishment, and then I think the state has a role to continue to provide low-interest loans for the other third of the equation. So funding would be the third issue of importance that I feel we need to continue to work on. OL: Why, specifically, should voters choose you over your general election opponent? NASH: I've been involved in politics and government here in Oakland County for many years. This is something that I've been working on for a very long time — sustainability, and collaboration regionally and among local governments. So it's something I think I've got experience doing. I've got a fairly good reputation in this area as somebody who is really always ready to work with whoever I can. McCULLOCH: I believe I've proven myself over the last 12 years in terms of how I've operated the office, really instilled continuous improvement in our operation and customer satisfaction. I truly view our operation as a service-provider to the 61 communities in Oakland County. Because of the challenges that we just talked about, I'd really like to be given an opportunity to serve four more years to see if we can put into place an improved (Detroit Water and Sewerage Department), a better funding source, and obviously enhance water quality throughout the county. â?? OAKLAND LAKEFRONT

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"We are embracing mitigation banks," said Maggie Cox, legislative director for the DEQ. "It allows (permit applicants) to buy into wetland areas that are already created. Under current law, if you impact more than a third of an acre of wetland, you have to create two times the size impacted … you can't preserve it, you actually have to create it, which is expensive and not very successful." Wetland mitigation banks would include sites where wetlands are restored, created or — in exceptional circumstances — preserved expressly for the purpose of providing compensatory mitigation in accordance the state's wetland protection laws, in advance of authorized, unavoidable impacts to wetlands, according to a House Fiscal Analysis Agency review of the recently introduced HB 5897. The Wetland Mitigation Bank Funding Program would provide grants and loans of up to $10 million to eligible municipalities. Up to $500,000 could be used for grants, and funding could be used as long as it's available, according to a House Fiscal Agency analysis of the bill. The program would allow those destroying wetlands to buy into preservation of an existing wetland in the same watershed, according to the EPA. Furthermore, HB 5673, which is tied to the Stamas bill, would establish the Wetland Mitigation Bank Funding Program. cKay said the watershed council supports mitigation banks, but questions language regarding where watershed banking projects would be conducted in relation to those wetlands destroyed and those being created. Ecoregions — of which the state is divided into four — are regional landscape ecosystems that are classified by their ecological needs and land use patterns. McKay said the council would like to see banking projects done in the same watershed as those lost, rather than allowing created wetland locations to fall under broader ecoregions as provided for currently. Additionally, she said the council opposes changes to the ratio at which lost wetlands are replaced under state law. "Some wetlands are very rare and have more public benefits," McKay said. "Coastal wetlands, for instance, if you destroy those, the ratio (for replacement) is higher because we've had so many lost. They (lawmakers supporting the proposal) want to be able to reduce that ratio and have flexibility with it." Cox said the DEQ supports changing rules to address issues with replacement ratios. "It would provide more flexibility in mitigation ratios," Cox said of the recent reform legislation. "Right now, it's very prescribed … what we are proposing to do is to look at impacts of use, and then do mitigation and provide for some flexibility on how much of an impact the use will have. For instance, a farm going in will provide for wetland benefits, while a parking lot takes away use. This legislation directs us to do that." Portions of the Stamas bill regarding changes to drains maintained by county drain commissioners — or in Oakland County's case the county Water Resources

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from just a single fragment, Arb and Ohlgart said any efforts to rid their own lakefronts of Eurasian watermilfoil is futile unless all the residents agree to work together. Perusing the edges of the lake, Ohlgart and Arb point out a pontoon boat equipped with a hydraulic lift system attached to a raking grate on the underside of the deck. They said one of the residents they hope to get on board with the Eurasian watermilfoil mitigation effort uses the rig to pull up the weed from shallow lakefront areas and push it out into the deeper parts of the lake, eventually drifting along the bottom or floating along the top to all parts of the lake until they take root or wash up on the shoreline. They said they believe he is offering a service to property owners to clear their weeds, but it is ultimately helping spread more Eurasian watermilfoil at new locations or properties that have been harvested or treated with herbicides by a licensed applicator. Dick Pinagel, president of the Michigan Aquatic Managers Association and owner of Aqua-Weed Control, said raking or pulling Eurasian watermilfoil and then dumping it back into the lake would definitely contribute to the spread of the weed throughout the lake. Ohlgart said he acquired an herbicide applicator's license from the state in order to learn more about the Eurasian watermilfoil problem. However, efforts to speak to the person doing the raking in Squaw Lake haven't been successful. "He rammed into my paddle boat," Ohlgart claimed, recounting his story of trying to block the man's pontoon boat in a canal so that he would stop to speak. "So, I jumped into the water in front of his boat so he would have to talk." Ohlgart said he wasn't able to convince the resident to stop dropping the trimmed Eurasian watermilfoil back into the lake after it's cut. Likewise, Ohlgart said OAKLAND LAKEFRONT

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the man doing all the cutting insists he isn't doing anything illegal or anything that isn't permitted under the state's environmental laws because he isn't adding or removing anything from the lake. "The guy cut about a week ago and there are stems still washing up," Arb said of the weed debris. "All the beaches were clean a few weeks ago." "It's like taking a dandelion and blowing it everywhere," Ohlgart added. Inspecting the shallow water in front of each resident's shoreline, it was easy to tell where raking had been done. At some homes the thick, green beds of Eurasian watermilfoil that ring most of the lake stop and start in relation to property lines; others have mostly clear bottoms that are sprouting new weeds. With other vegetation, such as the celery grass that's found in Squaw Lake, subsequently pulled out during the raking process, new Eurasian watermilfoil returns and crowds out the native aquatic plants. "It's a very destructive process," Pinagel said of clearing bottoms of weeds and leaving large amounts of fragments behind. "Many times, it does more harm than the use of a selective herbicide that is made to go in." According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Water Bureau, which regulates weed control actions in Michigan's public waters, mechanical harvesting of weeds — such as cutting plants above the lake bottom without soil disturbance — doesn't require a permit from the state. Likewise, insignificant removal of vegetation done by hand via pulling, raking or cutting, doesn't require a permit. However, larger scale removal of plants may require a 28

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permit from the DEQ's Land and Water Management Division, according to the DEQ Water Bureau. The DEQ's website also states that the "disposal of harvested material within inland lakes, on Great Lakes bottomlands, or in wetlands isn't allowed without prior written approval" from the Land and Water Management Division. Back at Arb's dock, Ohlgart reached into the water and pulled up a handful of loose, floating Eurasian watermilfoil. While Arb said he had his waterfront property treated in June and July for the exotic weed, new roots spawned by fragments washing ashore had already been established by mid-September. "I used to rake it up. When you get the roots out, you think that is going to help out, but…" he said, gesturing to the mats of Eurasian watermilfoil that surrounded the docks. Pinagel, with Aqua-Weed Control, said while he wasn't familiar first-hand with the issues at Squaw Lake, individual property treatments probably wouldn't do much to control new Eurasian watermilfoil from taking root if fragments are routinely left in the lake water. "If the whole lake was infected, we would approach the DEQ and try to get a permit and treat the whole lake with a Sonar application … and take out all the milfoil for them," Pinagel said. "We do that all the time … those are the best ways to handle that kind of problem. "Eurasian watermilfoil isn't much of a problem in many of the lakes in Oakland County," he added. "In White Lake, for instance, it's been eradicated. You won't see any there." Although Pinagel said herbicide treatments such as Sonar have been successful in controlling Eurasian watermilfoil, Ohlgart said Squaw Lake residents don't have a lake improvement board or any central organization to work within as a group to apply for permits and pay for whole-lake herbicide treatments, and that individual property owners go about weed control on their own. "Look at this," Ohlgart lamented while picking up milfoil fragments from his own beach and adding to a pile of weeds about the size of 5 pounds of cooked spaghetti he pulled from the shoreline the previous week. "This was all clean." ❏ www.oaklandlakefront.com


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Darwin Moore is battling a neighbor and the township over his Whipple Lake dock.

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ad blood had already been brewing for about a year between Independence Township residents Darwin Moore and his next-door neighbor, Larry Osentoski, when a dispute about a dock took a long walk to Oakland County's 52-2 District Court. "They wrote me a ticket," Moore said of the Independence Township ordinance officer who cited him for a civil infraction for installing a dock at his house on Whipple Lake without first obtaining the proper permits from the township. Moore, who was first cited for the dock in April 2011, was ordered in July by 52-2 District Court Judge Kelley Kostin to remove the dock from the water and keep it out until he acquired written approval from Independence Township. "I was putting a second dock in ... I have one dock next to our neighborhood outlot and only one side of it is usable," Moore said. "I got along well with my former neighbor, so we used his dock." Moore, who said he believes his feud with Osentoski stems from a disagreement about a tree, acquired a second dock from a neighbor across the lake last summer. 30

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He said he replaced the old wood, then installed the dock at an angle across the waterfront. Because the bottomland directly in front of his property contains rocks and other buried debris, he said he hoped to use the second dock to give his four children a better place to swim and his second boat a good location. "The new guy moved in and wanted to cut down a tree on my property. Then he cut it when I was on vacation," Moore claimed, gesturing to a row of trees he said he planted with his late father. "I confronted him. We haven't got along from the getgo." Moore said township officials told him the citation stemmed from complaints they received from a neighbor. Osentoski said he complained to the township about the dock because his waterway and view of the lake is blocked when Moore docks his pontoon boat there. While Moore has been ordered by the court to remove the dock, Osentoski said in a letter to Kostin that his neighbor continues to dock the boat there by fastening the craft to dock pillars that were left in the water after the dock deck was taken out. www.oaklandlakefront.com


"These actions continue to perpetuate the unreasonable interference of my enjoyment of my lakefront property by causing the water to stagnate due to restricted water flow to my shores," Osentoski wrote in an Oct. 1 letter to Kostin. "This stagnation has resulted in massive weed growth and murky water in locations where there was good flow and few weeds, resulting in my children not being able to fish the lake from the shore." Further, he said the dock pillars left in the water create a hazard, particularly once covered by snow and ice. Independence Township Building Director Dave Belcher said the township must now require Moore to obtain a permit to install the dock because the issue is bound by the court order. "The only way I can see that getting done is by going through the permit process in the wetlands and watercourse ordinance," Belcher said. "The ordinance regulates seasonal docks anywhere on the lake." Moore claims the permitting process could cost him several thousand dollars, as it requires him to pay for permit and application fees, as well as providing a retainer for a survey of the area where the dock would be installed. He also claims the township is attempting to stop him from installing the dock by claiming the seasonal structure would impact wetlands. Further, he said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which regulates dock permits under state law, has stated the department doesn't normally issue permits for seasonal docks. "They won't give me anything in writing to put (the dock) back in," Moore said of the township. www.oaklandlakefront.com

Ultimately, Moore said he doesn't believe the township has been enforcing the ordinance fairly, and that Independence Township shouldn't require a permit because it's not required by the DEQ. "It's arbitrary and inconsistent," he said. "The state told me it's their jurisdiction, but they don't go there (to issue permits)." Andrew Hartz, the district supervisor of water resources at the DEQ's office in Southfield, said while the department doesn't usually require permits for seasonal docks, it's completely within a municipality's authority to enact more stringent regulations. "If local municipalities feel there are issues important to them regarding seasonal docks, then they should put that down in an ordinance and enforce it," Hartz said. In general, he said the department doesn't get involved in disputes between neighbors, except in rare cases when staff is subpoenaed by a court to appear as a witness. "It's not a resource destruction issue," Hartz said of Moore's dock situation. "The placement of docks over a property line is really a misuse, it isn't a resource destruction issue. Unless the dock was abnormally long and caused a problem for navigation or something like that on the lake, it might be more of a cause or concern." Hartz informed Moore in an Aug. 14 letter from his office that Moore wouldn't need a permit from the DEQ to install his dock. However, Hartz said the department doesn't resolve local disputes. "There are typically two property disputes between neighbors at every lake," Hartz said. "You can imagine the number of calls we get." â?? OAKLAND LAKEFRONT

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waterway levels

Following are the waterway level readings for lakes and rivers across Oakland County, as compiled by personnel in Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John P. McCulloch’s office. Legal levels are denoted by elevation in feet from sea level. Current (one month prior to press time) levels are denoted both in elevation from sea level and as plus or minus the legal level in hundredths feet. Prior year elevation from sea level is provided as a comparison. River depths are measured from the river bottom, at the point of measurement.

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Angelus

950.00

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Bevins

910.40

910.31

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950.20 910.72

Big

1017.30

1016.65

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1017.36

Winter Lvl: 1016.70

Bunny Run

965.95

965.91

–.04

966.15

Winter Lvl: 965.45

Bush Lake

913.60

913.04

–.56

913.70

Cass

927.87

929.20

1.33

929.20

Cedar Island

934.00

934.37

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934.30

Cemetery-Dollar

968.50

968.12

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968.35

Clinton River

2.10

2.20

+.10

2.68

Commerce

906.80

906.97

+.17

907.30

Summer Lvl: 929.22 2)

Crystal

917.50

917.55

+.05

917.97

7) Winter Lvl: 917.00

Dawson Mill Pond

928.60

928.71

+.11

928.45

6) Winter Lvl: 927.25

Duck

1016.63

1016.57

–.06

1016.74

Fox

930.00

930.02

+.02

930.40

Huron River

1.08

1.00

–.08

1.66

Indianwood

992.12

992.74

+.62

992.83

5) Summer Lvl: 992.62

Lakeville

952.30

952.30

Legal

952.28

Long (Commerce Twp.)

933.00

933.21

+.21

933.28

Loon

949.30

949.59

+.29

949.58

2), 3)

Louise-Huff

962.27

962.31

+.04

962.28

8)

Middle & Lower Straits

930.70

929.84

–.86

930.70

Mohawk

949.30

949.49

+.19

949.75

Oakland-Woodhull

957.50

957.65

+.15

957.52

Orchard

930.20

930.03

–.17

930.63

Oxbow

942.75

942.77

+.02

942.73

Oxford-Multi

1017.80

1017.95

+.15

1017.96

Pontiac

962.83

962.30

–.53

963.40

Schoolhouse

949.30

949.49

+.19

949.62

Scott

951.00

949.16

–1.84

949.78

Sylvan-Otter

928.60

928.71

+.11

928.70

Tipsico

1015.39

1,014.46

–.93

1015.30

Union

927.07

927.12

+.05

927.30

Upper Straits

930.80

929.99

–.81

931.14

2), 3) Summer Lvl: 930.50 1) 2), 3) 6) Winter Lvl: 927.25

Van Norman

966.70

966.73

+.03

966.80

2), 4)

Walled & Shawood

932.80

931.63

–1.17

933.21

Winter Lvl: 932.10

Watkins

950.00

949.94

–.06

950.00

Waumegah

1049.90

1049.42

–.48

1049.60

White

1019.10

1018.60

–.50

1019.07

Williams

965.42

965.06

–.36

965.38

NOTES: 1) Oxford-Multi includes: Cedar, Clear, Long, Squaw, Mickelson & Tan Lakes. 2) Waterford-Multi (WML) includes: Cemetery (Middle), Dollar, Greens, Maceday, Lotus, Lester, Van Norman, Williams, Mohawk, Wormer, Schoolhouse, Silver, Upper Silver and Loon Lakes. 3) The Loon Lake control structure also controls Mohawk, Wormer, Schoolhouse, Silver and Upper Silver Lakes. 4) The Van Norman control structure also controls Greens, Maceday, Lotus and Lester Lakes. 5) Lake Angelus, Huron River and Clinton River levels not under the jurisdiction of this office. 6) The Dawson Mill Pond and Sylvan-Otter Lakes are controlled by the Price Dam. 7) Crystal Lake is controlled by the Walter Moore Dam. 8) Lake Louise and Huff Lake are controlled by the Ruth Johnson Dam.

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