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Army Corps of Engineers awards $3.2 million for Grand Haven harbor work

Posted on April 5, 2022

GRAND HAVEN — Lakeshore harbors have received funding for their harbors.

More than $3.4 million has been awarded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for projects to be done in Grand Haven’s harbor.

A total of $6.6 billion was awarded to the Corps of Engineers’ civil works program, with a total of $117.2 million for the corps’ Detroit District.

Chief of Public Affairs William Dowell said the money awarded for the Grand Haven projects will be used for dredging, beach nourishment, government basin shore protection, and engineering and design for needed resurfacing and repairs of the south pier and revetment.

Nearby Holland and Muskegon harbors will also be getting money for projects this year. Holland will receive $1.3 million and Muskegon will receive $980,500.

“The $117.2 million civil works budget is for the district’s Operation and Maintenance Program, which includes the maintenance of federal shipping channels and navigation structures within the Detroit District’s area of responsibility — including the Soo Locks, Duluth-Superior Harbor, and Detroit and Saginaw rivers,” according to a press release from the Corps of Engineers. “These are part of the Great Lakes navigation system, which provides significant economic benefit to the nation, in addition to added shoreline protection and flood reduction benefits to areas behind the structures.”

An additional $600,000 was awarded for the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Study. This study includes three Great Lakes districts: Detroit, Buffalo and Chicago.

“The goal is to create a plan identifying vulnerable coastal areas and recommending actions to bolster the coastal resources’ ability to withstand, recover from and adapt to future hydrologic uncertainty with respect to built and natural coastal environments,” reads the press release. “Recent high-water events across the Great Lakes brought about the study’s need.”

Included in the funding was $231,000 to be used for real estate coordination in all 36 of the Detroit District’s navigation projects.


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