Governor Proposes $11 Million to Dredge Great Lakes Harbors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Dredging will keep harbors from losing access to open water.

A dredge a few miles south of St. Louis works to keep channel clean.

Gov. Rick Snyder wants to spend $11 million this year to dredge Michigan harbors in danger of losing access to open water because of low Great Lakes levels.
Spokesman Kurt Weiss tells The Associated Press the governor will include the proposal in his 2013 budget, which he'll release on Thursday. The money would be taken from the state waterways fund, which usually pays for projects such as improving breakwalls and boat ramps.
Aides say it's part of a broader plan being developed to help water-starved harbors as the federal government cuts back on dredging and the lakes continue declining because of drought and warm temperatures that boost evaporation.
Other steps will include expediting dredging permits, lobbying the government for money and crafting a long-term strategy to pay for dredging.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 at 09:36 AM
    So can we put some money back in educatin also.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 at 06:30 AM
    Rick can take some more money from the Pure Michigan funding, just like he did when he placed that RTW add in the Wall Street Journal.
  • by mike Location: Lansing on Feb 2, 2013 at 05:49 AM
    I'm glad that the governor is taking action so the swells can get their boats out. He can use some of the tax revenue gathered from retirees to keep the cabin cruisers afloat.
  • by Suzanne Location: D on Feb 2, 2013 at 05:37 AM
    How about our government stop selling "blue gold" to China. WE are selling massive amounts of Great Lakes water. That is the real problem. Read about it.
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