Michigan harbor dredging

6:37 am
Fri March 8, 2013

$21-million approved by state Senate for harbor dredging

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Bill now heads to the House, where it's considered likely to pass.
Lansing - State lawmakers on Thursday took first steps to help harbors and marinas suffering from record-low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Michigan Senate approved spending $21 million on emergency dredging of 49 public harbors along the Great Lakes before the summer boating season gets under way.
8:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Lake levels up slightly in February, but still below average

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Increase due to above average precipitation. But small increase doesn't diminish need for dredging harbors
Above average precipitation in February helped boost the water level of Lakes Michigan and Huron, according to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. February's water level was 576.15 feet, an increase of 2 inches from January's all-time record low, according to the Corps.
Great Lakes Harbors
8:51 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Senators seek more money for harbor dredging

South Haven harbor - file photo
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A group of Republican state Senators wants to increase the amount that Michigan plans to spend on harbor dredging this year. State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is part of the group that wants to spend another $10-million to $12-million in addition to the $22-million in Governor Snyder's proposed budget.

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6:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Snyder reluctant to tap "rainy day fund" for dredging

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Republican state Senators want more money to dredge ports and harbors in Michigan.
Visitors to Leland's Fishtown on the Leelanau Peninsula are accustomed to the sight of large sailboats grounded on sandbars near the entrance to the Leland Harbor. For eight years, grounded boats have captivated tourists, embarrassed sailors and aggravated Harbormaster Russell Dzuba, who gets midnight calls from stranded boaters.
9:07 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers look for additional money for harbor dredging

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State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is among those proposing state use money from rainy day fund for dredging.
Lansing - The state Senate is considering taking $30 million from Michigan's rainy day fund for emergency dredging of harbors and waterways this year to relieve shallows that threaten the state's boating industry as a result of historic low levels in the Great Lakes.