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Alternatives Considered for Platte River

Posted on October 12, 2015

By Carol Thompson, Record

The riverbed at the mouth of the Platte River in Benzie County went undisturbed again this year, only the second September since 1967 the entrance to Lake Michigan hasn’t been dredged.

The National Park Service meanwhile launched an environmental assessment study to look at dredging’s effects, and highlighted five alternatives to the decades-long practice.

“We’re soliciting input from the public on concerns, ideas and thoughts that we haven’t come up with, alternatives that we haven’t thought of,” said Kevin Skerl, chief of natural resources at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.”We’re not saying we’ve made any decisions.”


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