Eroded Shoreline

A portion of the eroded lakefront between the New Buffalo harbor and the Michigan-Indiana state line.

NEW BUFFALO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received funding from the U.S. Congress to study the impacts of erosion on the stretch of Lake Michigan Shoreline from the harbor break wall in New Buffalo to the state line with Indiana.

Josh Paciorek, Communications Director for Congressman Fred Upton, said the congressman’s office was in contact with the Corps of Engineers on Friday, June 21, and discussed funding the Corps is getting to begin a study on whether harbor structures contribute to shoreline impacts.

“The Corps will first do a Federal Interest Determination to decide if it’s in the federal government’s interest to complete a full study,“ he said. “They said they will start this study shortly, but it won’t result in any specific mitigation measures until a few years later if the study determines it is appropriate for the federal government to act.”

Paciorek added that Upton “has continued to urge the Corps to take swift action to address the erosion issue.”

The New Buffalo City Council recently voted to submit a letter of intent to seek funds to do an initial assessment under Operation and Maintenance funds in the Corps’ 2020 work plan.

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