Huron River Chain of Lakes
The Washtenaw County Public Works Division has been requested by lake communities in northern Washtenaw and southern Livingston Counties to undertake a lake management program to control invasive weeds.
This project will provide improvements to the Chain of Lakes by controlling invasive and nuisance weeds through the application of herbicides to the water and mechanical weed harvesting.
New Online Comment Form
Please use the form at the link below to report areas of concern related to the HRCOL Improvement Project.
- Visit the Lower Huron River Chain of Lakes Renewal page for information on the renewal seeking to continue as a modified five (5) year project.
- Learn how Lake Treatment Works
- Click here to see answers to some of our most frequently asked questions
- Portage Lake Level Updates
- Visit the Lake Management Resources page for information on lake management, aquatic plants, and natural shorelines.
- Watch the video below from the September 23, 2021 educational meeting.
Use the form below to add your email if you would like Huron River Chain of Lakes Improvement Project updates directly sent to your inbox. Updates will include treatment updates and educational resources.
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Reach out to us to schedule a consultation at your home. Our certified staff can help you create a plan to protect your lake and preserve the natural beauty surrounding your home. Small changes have big results!
Contact Susan Bryan to schedule a time to visit your property.
Aquatic plants are an important part of any lake or pond. They provide food and protection for fish, waterfowl, insects, and mammals. These plants also help replenish oxygen to the water. This process is critical for the survival of fish and other wildlife.
Some aquatic plants can also become a nuisance. Invasive plants are not native to Michigan. These plants can grow rapidly out of control, choking out other plants and organisms and limiting recreational activities.
Starry stonewort is one example of an invasive plant seen in Michigan waters. Click here to learn more about starry stonewort from the Huron River Watershed Council.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) oversees the permits that are required to chemically control nuisance aquatic plants. To learn more about their Aquatic Nuisance Control Program, visit their website.
The Chain of Lakes Improvement Project is a five (5) year project to control non-native invasive weeds including Eurasian Milfoil and Starry Stonewort. The project may use spot treatments in problem areas and support other activities that would enhance the recreational enjoyment and overall health of the water.
Additionally, all necessary regulatory approvals and scientific studies for the chemical treatments as well as the creation of a lake management plan are included in the project.
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The total estimated cost for the five (5) year project is $1,952,530. A Special Assessment District consisting of benefiting parcels in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties will cover the total estimated cost of the project.
The parcels that receive benefit from the project will become part of the special assessment district. Both commercial and residential waterfront parcels along with lake access parcels form the project special assessment district.
The cost of the project will be distributed using the formula reflecting the varying benefit provided to each type of property.