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Chain of Lakes Improvement Project

This project will provide lake improvements to the Chain of Lakes by controlling invasive and nuisance aquatic weeds through the application of herbicides to the water and mechanical weed harvesting.

Map showing Chain of LakesThe 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 and provide lake management oversight.

The Chain of Lakes Improvement Project is a five (5) year project to control the growth and reproduction of non-native invasive weeds, including Eurasian Milfoil and Starry Stonewort. The project will include spot treatments in problem areas and support other activities that would enhance the recreational and biological quality of the lake. 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.

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. Commercial and residential waterfront and lake access parcels form the project special assessment district because these parcels receive a benefit from the implementation of the project. The cost of the project will be distributed using the formula reflecting the varying benefit provided to each type of property.

The Washtenaw County Public Works Division currently oversees lake management on four other County lakes. Details and information on the status of those projects is also located on our lake management webpage.  

The following lakes are included in this Chain of Lakes assessment and management project: Zukey, Strawberry, Gallagher, Loon, Whitewood, Tamarack, Base Line, Portage and Little Portage.


Upcoming Workshop

Friday, October 27, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hamburg Township Hall
10409 Merrill Rd., Whitmore Lake

Come hear about the Chain of Lakes from the expert - Dr. G. Douglas Pullman from Aquest Corporation!

See the flyer for more details.

Project Updates

Publications & Reports

Key dates

  • The 4 townships involved in this project passed resolutions requesting Board of Public Works assistance in establishing a lake improvement project: October 2016 & November 2016 (Step 3 in process below)
  • Board of Public Works passed resolution to move forward with project: December 14, 2016 (Step 4 in process below)
  • Board of Commissioners passed resolution to move forward with project: February 1, 2017 (Step 5 in process below)
  • First Public Hearing: March 15, 2017 (Step 7 in process below)

Live TV Broadcast: This meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 191, Hamburg Township Television, over the Charter Spectrum Cable TV Network in the Hamburg viewing area beginning at 7:00 p.m on March 15, 2017.

Live Internet Simulcast & Meeting Broadcast Archive: This meeting will also be simulcast beginning at 7:00 p.m. on March 15, 2017 on the internet live via the Livestream simulcast service, and will be available for viewing as an archived program on Livestream following the meeting.

See the Hamburg Township webpage for additional information.

See the list of Questions & Responses from the meeting.

See the list of Questions & Responses from the hearing.

Process for establishing a lake management project

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Lake Management Process Infographic


Process for appealing a special assessment

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Contact information

Jeff Krcmarik
Environmental Supervisor
Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner
(734) 222-6865


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