Protecting and Preserving Black Lake and the Surrounding Watershed

Category: ‘Announcements’


Posted on November 1st, 2017

Watershed Academy Monitoring Session

Several members of the Black Lake Association recently participated with Onaway High School students in a Watershed Academy Monitoring Session led by Eli Baker and Maria Affhalter from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.  Dave Turzewski and Ron and Sharon Dulak donned waders to spend a day with the students performing water chemistry tests and assessing stream macroinvertebrates to determine the health of Stoney Creek and its watershed.  Not only was their time with the students fun and educational, but the outcome indicated that Stoney Creek is healthy.

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Posted on June 6th, 2017

Black Lake Association at Work Protecting Black Lake

Two Surveys Scheduled This Summer

Shoreline Survey

The Tip of the Mitt (TOTM) Watershed Council will begin the first phase of the Black Lake shoreline survey in mid- to late June, according to Matt Claucherty, Tip of the Mitt Monitoring and Research Coordinator. The shoreline survey process will include assessment of the greenbelt (vegetative buffer), shoreline erosion, and cladophora algae growth (nutrient pollution). The survey will identify possible problem areas that may be a result of septic tank leakage, over-fertilization of lawns, or inflow from nearby tributaries. You’re likely to see a kayak or two in front of your property, with the occupants taking pictures and making notes while the information is being collected. Matt encourages you to ask questions.

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Posted on March 9th, 2017

P-11730 – Alverno – Black Lake Levels Testing

The testing to bring the headpond (at the dam) down to the 608.5 mark began this past Sunday (March 5, 2017). By 6:30pm that day, we had the spillgate at Alverno open to 13 inch height opening and the units running at about 60% gate opening (and cavitating). Flow indications had flows (total) from the spillgate and units (powerhouse) at a combined flow of 950 cubic feet per second (cfs). However, please note that these flow measurements taken from a computer table for spillgate opening and wicket gate opening and were made several years ago when the headpond was at the 612 mark, or a head differential between pond and tailrace level of approximately 18 feet. Since the pond was actually at 608.5 and the head differential (from headpond to tailrace level) was at about 14.5 feet on Sunday, really the flow, therefore is reduced by approximately 20% to the 760 cfs mark.

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Posted on March 5th, 2017

P-11730 – Alverno Dam – Black Lake Levels Concerns

Good Morning All:

Further to Jim Tucker’s email,  I think Jim meant to say on Sunday afternoon when the temperatures get mild from this current cold spell, we will move the head pond down from its current level of 609.89 to the 608.5 level and hold it steady there.

We will do that for 48 hours into Tuesday afternoon. It appears that we will have until Wednesday afternoon for mild weather, then it will be turning frigid again. If we find that the lake level continues to drop, we will likely maintain the 608.5 until Wednesday.

However, we will assess after 24 hours and after 48 hours. We do believe with the warm temperatures Sunday and Monday that the Kleber dam outflow will pick up again.

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Posted on February 14th, 2017

Upper Black River Dams Meeting

On February 11, 2017 the Department of Natural Resources and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, along with a team of University of Michigan graduate students conducted an open forum meeting at Forest Township Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to gather information from the public and to hear their concerns related to the possible closing and removal of the Tower and Kleber Dams and begin a conversation that would help the decision making process.  The meeting was attended by about 100 citizens and representatives from the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Huron Pines, Sturgeon for Tomorrow and the Black Lake Association.

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Posted on February 4th, 2017

BLA Partners with the Black River Hydro Limited Partnership

The Black River Hydro Limited Partnership (BRHLP), operators of the Kleber, Tower and Alverno dams, hosted a meeting on February 2, 2017 at the Forest Township Hall in order to present their operating history for the past 20 years and answer any questions that the public had.  Their report will be available on the Black Lake Association website within three weeks (blacklakeassociation.com).

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Posted on December 22nd, 2016

Status of the Kebler and Tower Dam

The Black Lake Association has been invited to a meeting in mid-February 2017 in order to review the results of, The Feasibility Study of the Removal of the Kebler and Tower Dam. These dams are both located on the upper Black River.  The study was conducted by a group of graduate students from the University of Michigan.  These students were in our area interviewing property owners throughout the summer.  They also personally interviewed some of our Board of Directors for their input.

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Posted on December 22nd, 2016

Black River Marina Update

Keith Cheli, Regional Field Planner of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, informed us on December 19, 2016, that they had received notification that the Michigan Resource Trust Fund application, for the proposed acquisition of the Black Lake Marina, has been recommended for approval.

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Posted on October 27th, 2016

Fish Stocking

Fish Stocking

The Black Lake Association formed a fish committee in 2008.  Its purpose was to provide a natural and /or supportive environment to increase the Black Lake walleye population while working with the DNR, universities and other organizations.  The ultimate goal was to establish Black Lake as a desirable walleye fishing destination.

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Posted on October 17th, 2016

Alverno Dam Notice

The Black Lake Association was notified by the owners of the Alverno Dam, that they will not be making repairs on the dam this year. The lake will now be lowered, as usual, in November, to its normal winter level. According to president of the Black Lake Association, Brett Trepanier, they started the lowering process but all the rain we received kept the lake level up, now by time they get it lowered it will be too cold to do the repairs. As we get more information, we will post.

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