Michigan State House Approves Funds for Emergency Great Lakes Dredging

The state House of Representatives voted 107-3 to provide $20.9 million for emergency dredging in 49 harbors and bays in the Great Lakes. 

The bill also appropriated $23 million for 76 projects paid for by the Natural Resources Trust Fund.


The dredging is needed to address record low lake levels in the Great Lakes, especially Lakes Michigan and Huron. The levels in recent years have left many boats stranded, unable to reach docks.


The state’s general fund will pay $11.5 million of the cost while the state Waterways Commission Trust Fund will pay the remainder.

A minor technical amendment was added to the bill, so it has to go back to the Senate for concurrence before it moves on to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.