Lake Outflow Stream is Blocked Downstream

Asked May 21, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

Our Lake, Sears Lake in Milford Twsp., is now flooding homeowners properties, septic systems, and homes. This is due to actions, by a downstream property owner, creating blockages to the natural flow of the stream. This has occurred numerous time in the past, and has been become more frequent.

We need help in resolving this issue Both NOW, and in the future.

Oakland County Michigan lakes

1 Response

Hello,
This sounds like a very difficult situation indeed. I suggest you contact your local mediation services to help. Here’s a link to the Community Dispute Resolution Program for Michigan. http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/officesprograms/odr/pages/community-dispute-resolution-program.aspx

And here is the contact information for the Oakland County office.

OAKLAND

Oakland Mediation Center, Inc.
550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone: 248-338-4280
Fax: 248-338-0480
Contact: Bonnie Hanes

I also suggest you contact Dr. Jo Latimore at Michigan State University. She works with the statewide Lakes and Streams Association and may have other suggestions for help. Here's her contact info:
Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Resources Bldg.
480 Wilson Road, Room 13
East Lansing MI 48824
latimor1@msu.edu

Good luck!