CRYSTAL FALLS --We Energies has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a planned construction project at its Michigamme Falls Hydroelectric Plant, located in Mastodon Township.
To complete necessary maintenance at the plant, We Energies needs to draw down the Michigamme Falls Dam reservoir. On Saturday, Aug. 17, it began lowering the normal reservoir elevation by approximately 10 feet.
On the same date, We Energies also will close its public boat launch at recreation site 8 on the Michigamme Reservoir and recreation site 36 just below the Peavy Falls powerhouse. The closures are being made to ensure worker and public safety during construction. Canoe portages around the dams are not affected.
The reservoir is scheduled to begin refilling when construction is complete, which is anticipated on or before Nov. 1. The refill rate depends on precipitation runoff but is expected to return to normal levels by Dec. 1.