INDIAN LAKE—Work has ceased at the site of a well that planners hope will maintain the level of Indian Lake.
A crew from Kleiman Pump and Well Drilling removed drilling equipment from a site on South Pentoga Trail, citing concerns that road restrictions may be put in place in Iron County.
One well has been completed on a parcel of privately owned land about a quarter mile south of Indian Lake. The test well had been drilled earlier this month. The second well will feed Indian Lake via an underground pipe 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 March 7 at the site near County Road 424.
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. Information about the flow capacity and depth of the test well was unavailable March 18. The test well would be used to monitor the aquifer, and the second well would provide water for Indian Lake.
Griffin added that a submersible pump in the well should be sufficient to move well water to the lake.
Employees from U.P. Engineers and hydrologists from Golder Associates Inc. will assess any environmental impacts.
According to the 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, measured annually in September. The Building Authority is authorized to pump 26.3 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 above sea level to control the lake’s maximum level.
A special assessment district including 83 parcels of land surrounding Indian Lake was established March 13 to pay for the project.