Lake Restoration Project Update
On January 4th, community leaders in Lake Isabella received news that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued the first permit in the restoration effort for Lake Isabella. The permit approved by EGLE allows the removal of up to 9,334 cubic yards from the lake bottom in Birch Bay. The permit is valid for five years and is expected to be the first of several necessary in the lake restoration project.
Members of the community’s Joint Lake Restoration Committee have begun working on drafting an RFP to solicit bids to perform the work. Spoils from the project will need to be disposed of in an upload site but do not require a deed restriction or to be landfilled. A copy of the approved permit is available on the Lake & River Restoration page of our website. Residents are encouraged to use the enotify feature on our site to stay update on the project. As updates are made to that pages, residents can receive a notice via text or email.
In early December, the Joint Lake Committee hosted a meet-and-greet event with interested contractors. The event saw several local firms attend who have shown interest in bidding on the project. The Committee next meets on Wednesday, January 24th at 4 PM. At this meeting, discussion will continue on finalizing the RFP and also identifying a disposal location for the dredged spoils.