The current owner of the Hatfield Hydroelectric project, Black River Partners, is planning significant construction work along the project's power canal for 2017.

The goal is to strengthen earth sections of the canal to allow the canal water elevation and the back-watered lakes of Buckhorn and Emerald to be returned to normal.

A full draw down on the canal will be required to safely accomplish this work.

All work will proceed under the direction of the Federal Energy Regulator Commission and in consultation with various resource agencies including the DNR.

The draw down will begin the week of July 10 and be completed by mid-August at which time the work can begin.

Once the work is completed they expect to immediately begin the refill process and anticipate achieving the historical normal full canal water elevation by mid-November.

The proposed canal work and associated draw down will not affect Lake Arbutus.

If you have any questions concerning the proposed canal draw down contact Matt Mikel at 920-765-1315.

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