Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion and Permitting. Michigan High Water Virtual Town Hall

The second Michigan High Water Virtual Townhall on Tuesday, April 29th, featured presentations by  Dr. Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University; Charlie Simon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Regulatory Office; Dan Deitz of Deitz House Moving of Muskegon; and Brian Majka of GEI Consultants in Grand Rapids. The virtual townhall put on by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) detailed the work thats been done in the state to protect our Great Lakes shoreline since the last record high water levels in the 1980's and the natural processes that have shaped our shores.  Additionally, EGLE and the U.S. Army Corps discussed the permitting processes, shoreline protection options for homes or critical structures that are in jeopardy. before taking questions from the public. 

A recording of the town hall will be available shortly. Below you will find a few of the questions that were answered on the call. 

Is financial help available for lake shore property owners? Unfortunately, at this time there is not. 

How long is permitting taking on average? 33% of General Permits are completed in 7 or less days of submission of a complete application. 86% are completed in 60 days or less. 

What's a rough estimate on the cost of rock for bank stabilization? While this may vary substantially, prices tend to range from $500-$2,000 for a linear foot of rock, though there are cheaper, more temporary solutions. 

The recording is available here

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