The buoys will stretch across the rivers directly below the dams, where released water can be dangerously turbulent and life threatening. The public is asked to stay downstream from the buoys. Tampering with the public safety device could result in criminal prosecution.
Last year, safety buoys were installed at Foote Dam and Cooke Dam on the Au Sable River and at Croton Dam on the Muskegon River. Buoys are planned to be installed this year at the remaining hydro facilities Consumers Energy owns on the Au Sable, Muskegon, Grand, Kalamazoo and Manistee rivers. Those dams are Mio, Alcona, Loud, Five Channels, Hardy, Rogers, Webber, Calkins Bridge, Tippy and Hodenpyl.
"Consumers Energy has a promise to protect the Michigan communities we serve. That includes taking steps to keep our properties and facilities safe and open to public recreation," Castle said. "We also want to emphasize that people need to quickly exit the river and heed the sirens and signs that indicate imminent danger from dams during changing flow conditions."
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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