Great Lakes

MI - Coastal Management: City of Marquette, MTU Awarded EGLE Grants

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced funding for 13 coastal management initiatives across the state on Wednesday.

EGLE awarded over $1.1 million in grant funding for the 13 projects, with the city of Marquette receiving $200,000.

The funds awarded to the city of Marquette will be used to “restore a critical section of impacted coastline that has a diverse habitat including wetlands, dunes, beach and coastal upland,” according to a press release from EGLE.

City of Marquette Director of Community Development Dennis Stachewicz said that the project will build on earlier work done by the Michigan Coastal Management Program during 2012 and 2014. Those efforts led to a $2.5 million coastal restoration project from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

“This new MCMP project will restore over 1,200 linear feet of coastal habitat, approximately nine acres, and will serve as the linchpin to reconnect 10 acres of rare, pristine coastal wetlands to the south and 34 acres of coastal habitat to the north,” Stachewicz said. “All totaled, this project will reconnect over one mile of critical Lake Superior coastal habitat.

“In addition, local coastal planning documents from the county, city and township will be updated to address current high lake levels and more frequent severe-weather events. The coastal planning component will address the entire 80- mile Lake Superior coastline of Marquette County.”

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