Dredging at Black Creek
Sediment from Black Creek has, over time, worked its way down to the mouth of the creek and out into Hamilton Lake. This means that over 300 feet of the creek, moving away from the mouth, and about four acres of the lake itself need to be dredged. With the grant provided by the state, along with funding from the Hamilton Lake Association (with much needed and appreciated additional funding from a number of residents of the Hamilton Lake Community) the dredging project will remove approximately $134,000 worth of sediment from these two locations.
After receiving quotes from a number of bidders, the project committee from the HLA, along with consulting assistance from Doug Nusbaum from the DNR, selected Alcona Dredging, based in Lincoln, Michigan, to do the work. This total will include a $5,000 charge to run tile to be installed under the spill area for drainage from Lane 110 to Black Creek, along the north side of the Cold Springs golf course.
It is hoped that the dredging will commence by the third week of May and, of course, Hamiliton Lake Board members are hopeful that they can raise, in addition to the $40,000 cost to the Association for this project, an additional $30 to 40,000 to augment the $35,000 amount awarded by the state LARE grant to Hamilton Lake for weed control in 2012.
Lots of work to be done, lots of money to be raised, Nevertheless, just about everyone in the Hamilton Lake Community is looking forward to yet another great summer on beautiful Hamilton Lake.