Dredging

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There have been previous efforts to dredge the Grand Traverse Bay Harbor and Traverse River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the harbor in 2003 and 2009. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources dredged the harbor channel in summer 2017, but a fierce October storm filled the harbor channel back in. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided $3.1 million for new dredging work to occur in summer 2019. Final approvals have been granted, bids will be let soon. This project should buy the Buffalo Reef task force five to seven years to formulate a long-term plan to save the reef.

See the resources below to learn more:

U.S. Army Corps approval letter

DEQ Dredging Permit