Huizenga, Upton urge Holland Harbor dredging

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Holland Harbor (Image: US Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District)

Posted January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, and Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the inclusion of Holland Harbor in the Corps’ 2020 work plan on Thursday, Jan. 9.

The Corps’ manages the waterways in the U.S. Huizenga and Upton are advocating for the dredging of Holland Harbor to ensure that the harbor maintains its ability to be a key waterway in the lakeshore economy.

Dredging cleans out the bed of a body of water by scooping out mud, weeds and rubbish.

“Holland Harbor plays a key role in Holland, Ottawa County, and West Michigan’s economy,” Huizenga said in a statement. “With Congress authorizing additional funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain water infrastructure, adding Holland Harbor to the 2020 work plan would be a strong investment to ensure economic growth and opportunity reach their full potential here in West Michigan.”

The letter, sent to USACE Chief of Engineers and Commanding General Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, writes on behalf of Huizenga and Upton that “We urge the USACE to provide funding to ensure that Holland Harbor continues to be an engine of economic growth and a source of recreational tourism for our community.”

In June, a Corps official told The Sentinel that the harbor was left off the USACE budget because dredging wouldn’t be necessary for the harbor in 2020 due to higher water levels. This was determined after USACE hydrosurveyers assessed Holland Harbor’s current state.

Holland Harbor was last dredged in May 2018.

Source: hollandsentinel.com