Workers from Kleiman Pump & Well Drilling work on a test well just south of Indian Lake Feb. 28 as a project to raise the lake level moves ahead. If production of the well is sufficient, a second well will be drilled to raise the lake level, in accordance with a court order.
INDIAN LAKE—Workers began drilling a test well Feb. 28 as efforts to raise Indian Lake’s level continue.
The test well will help determine how much water may be available to raise the lake level to comply with a court order.
A crew from Kleiman Pump & Well Drilling Inc. of Iron Mountain set up a drill rig Feb. 28 at the site off South Pentoga Road, less than a quarter mile from County Road 424. By the afternoon of March 1, the crew appeared to have completed the first phase of developing a well.
Project manager Bill Griffin from U.P. Engineers said the crew will sink a six-inch well casing, seeking an aquifer that can provide 50 gallons of water per minute. If the well currently being drilled provides sufficient flow, a second well would be drilled, he said. The first well would be used to monitor the aquifer and the second would provide water for Indian Lake about one-quarter mile from the well site.
Griffin added that a submersible pump in the well should be sufficient to move well water to the lake.
The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department would be responsible for testing the water’s safety. Employees from U.P. Engineers and hydrologists from Golder Associates will assess any environmental impacts.
According to a Jan. 15 court order signed by Circuit Court Judge Mary B. Barglind, the Iron County Building Authority is charged with maintaining Indian Lake at 1,419 feet above mean sea level (amsl), measured annually in September. The building authority is authorized to pump 26.28 million gallons annually to raise lake levels. The court order calls for a culvert on Indian Lake’s south end with its inlet set at 1,421.1 feet amsl to control the lake’s maximum level.
A special assessment district will be determined to pay for the project.