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This is a grassroots effort started by property owners on the Tittabawassee Waterway System to restore the Secord, Smallwood, Wixom and Sanford Lakes. Our mission is simple, it is in our name.


Restore The Lakes is a place where our lake communities, local businesses and friends can work together to restore the Mid-Michigan lakes. As a unified group, we can communicate our concerns to government officials in a thoughtful manner. 

The event of May 2020 was not a natural disaster. The failure of the dams has been decades in the making. Due to neglect by Federal agencies over the past fifteen years, the private owner did not comply with numerous requests to maintain the dams. When Boyce Hydro was recently fined $15 Million (after going bankrupt), it was too little, too late.

Our elected officials have listened and are working to help.  At the Federal level there is bipartisan support for FERC and EPA to help the local communities restore the lakes.  Click to learn more

There is bipartisan support in both the Michigan House and Senate to provide $500 Million for Dam Repairs and Restoration.  This legislation includes significant funding for the Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF)  plan to restore the lakes.

The more funding secured from the federal and state governments to restore the lakes, the lower the potential ongoing costs will be for property owners.  One of our goals is to help create support for the $500 Million for Dam Repairs and Restoration allocation in the Michigan legislature and then signed by the Governor. Click here to learn more

We support the request of the FLTF for $225 Million from this fund to help rebuild and replace the Sanford, Wixom, Smallwood and Secord dams.

This is a CALL TO ACTION! You can do something to shape the future. Get involved and make yourself heard. We have made it easy for you by providing contact information for each government agency and the information you need to craft your own communications.

Click here to see how you can make a difference!