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shoreline erosion to be studied

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 14:49 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is being deployed to examine shoreline erosion in places like New Buffalo and Grand Beach.

Whether any solutions emerge from the effort won't be known for a while but corrective measures can't come soon enough for lakefront homeowners trying to hold back the rising tide.

According to Congressman Fred Upton's office, the study will focus on the shoreline from the break wall in New Buffalo to the Indiana state line.

The study will begin sometime in the near future, said Josh Paciorek, communications director for Upton, a republican from St. Joseph.

Paciorek said the impacts of erosion on that stretch of shoreline and whether harbor structures are a contributing factor to the impacts will be looked at.

The Army Corps of Engineers will also decide if it's the federal government's interest to follow up with a full study of the shoreline.

"They said they will start this study shortly, but it won't result in any specific mitigation measures until a few years later if the study determines it is appropriate for the federal government to act," Paciorek said.

He also said that Upton "has continued to urge the Corps to take swift action to address the erosion issue."




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