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Posted 3/18/2011

Release no. 031811-01


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Lynn Duerod
313-226-4680

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has awarded dredging contracts for two western Michigan harbors on Lake Michigan: Muskegon Harbor and St. Joseph Harbor.

The Detroit District awarded a $396,000 contract to the King Co. of Holland, Mich., for dredging 54,000 cubic yards of material from Muskegon Harbor; and a $445,000 contract to MCM Marine, Inc., of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for a dredging job involving 61,000 cubic yards of material to be removed from St. Joseph Harbor.

The two contractors will dredge sand, silt and organic shoal material, then deposit it on beach areas for nourishment. Work is scheduled to begin in early spring.

“These are important projects for the local economies,” said Lt. Col. Michael Derosier, district engineer. “Keeping federal navigation channels dredged to authorized depths means millions of dollars worth of commodities can be transported without interruption, keeping hundreds of people working.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system that includes 94 harbors and the Great Lakes Connecting Channels that join lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie.

For more details, contact the Detroit District Public Affairs Officer Lynn Duerod, 313-226-4680; or Project Manager Crystal Kelley, 313-226-3639.