Join the Mackinac Center’s Environmental Policy Initiative as we look into the recent failure of two mid-Michigan dams. What caused the failures, and how can we begin to repair the damage?
Joe Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, will share opening remarks and be followed by our featured speakers:
- David E. Kepler, II, owner, TCP Investments
- Jason Hayes, director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center
Since its construction in 1924, the Edenville Dam has been a part of mid-Michigan’s essential infrastructure. The water held by this dam formed Wixom Lake, one of four area lakes that provided a mix of flood control, water resources, and outdoor recreation to the area’s residents and visitors. The towns of Edenville and Sanford, MI both relied heavily on the activity that the lakes encouraged as a central support of their economies.
Not surprisingly, pressure is building to determine why rains that this dam had previously endured caused it to fail this year in such a spectacular manner. While many of those involved are busy pointing fingers of blame at others, the growing weight of evidence appears to show that both the dam’s owner and the state agency charged with regulating the dam set the conditions that allowed a historic flood to push the Edenville Dam to rupture.
Please join us as we attempt to dig into the causes and potential solutions to this life-changing event.
This event will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 11 a.m. EDT. To RSVP and receive access to the forum, please register below.