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Corps of Engineers shoring up Michigan beach

Posted on July 4, 2023

Dredging and beach nourishment along South Beach is now underway in South Haven. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, began hydraulically dredging the federal navigation channel and nourishing the South Haven Harbor shoreline this past week.

In coordination with the City of South Haven, the Corps of Engineers will dredge 57,300 cubic yards of material from the Black River Federal Channel. The tested-safe material will then be placed on South Haven’s public South Beach from the South Pier and extending 1,900 feet southward for beach nourishment.

Beach nourishment returns sediment trapped between breakwaters to the natural shoreline drifting process. Beach nourishment also helps slow erosion occurring in the area of depletion. This beach nourishment is designed to reduce the risk of flood damage from Lake Michigan to the South Haven Water Filtration Facility.

“This project has been in the works for some time. It is the first community directed funding project that the Detroit District has received in some time, so there was lots of excitement to do this one right,” said Capt. Samuel Briscoe, the Detroit District project manager. “The project will give the city more time to develop a permanent flood control plan so the water plant can remain safe and operational for the foreseeable future.”

Congress specifically named the project into law and funded its contract after residents requested support for the project.


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