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Saugatuck To Receive $375,000 From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers For Dredging Work

DETROIT—The City of Saugatuck will receive $375,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help dredge the harbor.

The money will be used to dredge the Kalamazoo River and harbor area from the mouth of Lake Michigan to about Coral Gables.

The announcement came recently from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District which identified additions to its fiscal year 2018 program based on the recently approved Work Plan which included additional funding for Michigan projects.

This additional $79 million will be used in 2018 to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors and complete various projects and studies throughout the Great Lakes.

The Detroit District’s work plan increase of $79 million includes 21 dredging projects and four repair, replacement, or construction projects. Significant funding will be applied to the Soo Locks to help further asset renewal projects and the major rehabilitation of key components of the MacArthur and Poe Locks.

In addition, the work plan includes design funding for two environmental projects.

“These Work Plan funds will help address critical asset renewal and major rehabilitation projects at the Soo Locks facility, and also address numerous dredging needs around the Great Lakes. We construct, maintain and operate key infrastructure projects that are crucial to the nation’s economy, environment, safety and quality of life, now and in the future,” said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier said the new funding is a welcome relief for area residents and boaters as the harbor and river are badly in need of dredging work.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this funding and thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for including us in this additional funding,” said Harrier.

The work plan came about when Congress appropriated additional funding for ongoing work in the fiscal year 2018 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act as contained in the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The Corps developed an allocation plan for high priority work packages based on the criteria established by Congress.

Detroit District projects that will be executed as a result of the fiscal year 2018 work plan include the following dredging projects:


Arcadia Harbor , Mich. $225,000
AuSable Harbor, Mich. $420,000
Big Bay Harbor, Mich. $250,000
Bolles Harbor, Mich. $265,000
Caseville Harbor, Mich. $325,000
Channels in Lake St. Clair, Mich. $1,000,000
Frankfort Harbor, Mich. $400,000
Keweenaw Waterway, Mich. $925,000
Lexington Harbor, Mich. $270,000
New Buffalo Harbor, Mich. $275,000
Ontonagon Harbor, Mich. $1,500,000
Pentwater Harbor, Mich. $265,000
Port Sanilac Harbor, Mich. $225,000
Rouge River, Mich. $800,000
Saugatuck Harbor, Mich. $375,000
South Haven Harbor, Mich. $365,000
White Lake Harbor, Mich. $305,000
Whitefish Point Harbor, Mich. $305,000
Wisconsin –
Milwaukee Harbor, Wis. $1,000,000
Sturgeon Bay Harbor, Wis. $800,000
Two Rivers Harbor, Wis. $1,050,000
Repair, replacement or construction projects –

Operations and Maintenance
Michigan -
St. Marys River, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. $7,845,000
(Asset renewal and hydropower projects)
Minnesota –
Duluth-Superior Harbor, Minn. $500,000
Two Harbors, Minn. $250,000
Wisconsin –
Ashland, Wis. $450,000
Cornucopia, Wis. (engineering & design) $200,000
N. Wisconsin Environmental Infrastructure $650,000
Northeast Minnesota Environmental Infrastructure $ 50,000
Oakland County, Mich., Environmental Infrastructure $600,000
Soo Locks major rehabilitation,
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Saugatuck To Receive $375,000 From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers For Dredging Work

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