This summer, communities such as St. Joseph, South Haven, and Saugatuck will have bustling marinas, packed beaches, and tourists flocking to visit the small businesses that help make each town unique. In order for the Lakeshore local economy to reach its full potential, these harbors must be properly dredged.
I am happy to report that all three of these harbors will receive funding. Earlier this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updated their FY 2023 work plan for the Great Lakes. St. Joseph’s inner harbor will receive just over $1 million for dredging activities as well as an additional $560,000 for repairs on the north pier. Saugatuck will receive $895,000 to dredge its harbor and South Haven will receive $610,000 for repairs to its south pier.
In the run up to this announcement from the Corps, my office has been working behind the scenes to make sure the federal government lives up to its obligations to our Lakeshore communities.
To learn more about the economic importance of Lake Michigan Harbors, watch ABC 57's coverage above, listen to my interview on WOOD Radio, or read about Saugatuck's summer being "saved" on MLive.