- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy is working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to install buoys to help warn the public to stay out of potentially unsafe areas immediately downstream of hydro-electric dams.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Friday it plans to put in buoys this month at the Foote, Cooke, and Croton dams. The utility plans to expand the buoy effort to all of its 13 dams once it determines they’re appropriate for such sites.

Buoys will be across the rivers directly below the dams, where released water can be dangerous to swimmers and boaters. The public is asked to stay downstream from the buoys.

Foote and Cooke dams are on the Au Sable River in Iosco County. Croton Dam is on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County.

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