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Four Lakes Task Force to be featured at next Flood Update and Connections Session

December 1st, 2020

Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), in conjunction with the Long-Term Recovery Group, are hosting Flood Recovery Update and Connections Sessions via Zoom on a bi-weekly basis. The next session will feature the Four Lakes Task Force.

“The Long-Term Recovery Group is looking forward to providing a forum where community members can learn about efforts underway around restoration of the dams and erosion control and ask questions directly to a representative of Four Lakes Task Force” said Sharon Mortensen, member of the Long-Term Recovery Group Steering Committee and President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “We’ve covered a lot of the work being done within the Long-Term Recovery Group, but we haven’t really touched on what’s next for the future of Smallwood, Secord, Sanford, and Wixom Lakes.”

The speaker for the December 3rd session include Dave Rothman, Four Lakes Task Force Board of Directors Member. Flood Recovery Update and Connections are open to everyone. Attendees are asked to register for the sessions at Sessions are held the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30am. For those unable to attend, replays of past sessions are also available at

“The Four Lakes Task Force is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed and operated by lake residents and industry experts. It serves as a “Delegated Authority” for Midland and Gladwin counties to administer and oversee the maintenance and operations of the four dams and lakes, so the lake communities can enjoy the water long into the future,” said Rothman. “We have three main goals. We would like to ensure lake levels are sustainable for future generations, repair dams to maintain compliance with state safety and federal requirements, and transfer ownership of the dams to the counties while we continue to serve as the Delegated Authority.”

“Flood recovery is multi-dimensional,” said Mortensen. “The future of the lakes is something that’s near and dear to many people’s hearts. We’re pleased to be able to connect those individuals with an organization working in this space.”

For more information about MACF’s involvement with the Long-Term Recovery Group, follow MACF on Facebook, or call MACF at 989-839-9661. For more information about the Long-Term Recovery Group and other flood-related resources, visit