$10 million in stimulus funding heading to Muskegon Lake
Written by Greg Houtteman   
Friday, 03 July 2009 09:30
Federal stimulus dollars totaling $10 million have been awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) for a major wetland and wildlife habitat restoration project on Muskegon Lake, Michigan, along the east shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Partnering with the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), the GLC will coordinate the restoration of some 10,000 feet of shoreline "hardened" over several decades by broken concrete, foundry slag, sheet metal and other materials. The project will also remove more than 180,000 tons of degraded lake bottom sediment to improve aquatic habitat for fish and other species.

The project is also designed to create jobs. It is projected to create 40,000 labor hours to support 125 jobs.

Design and engineering work for the project is expected to begin in July, with on-the-ground work on some sites beginning in September. The remaining work will be completed in 2010.
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