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Posted 7/22/2011

Release no. 072211-01


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Lynn Duerod
313-226-4680

Northwestern Michigan College and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host an Open House on the proposed harbor renovation project at NMC's Great Lakes Campus from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 1 in room 112 of the Great Lakes Campus.

The project was initiated in 2008 and is now in the public comment phase. The proposed renovation project seeks to dredge the harbor to a depth of 16 feet and to construct a new eastern breakwall. Representatives from both the Corps of Engineers and NMC will be on hand to answer questions and receive community feedback. Visuals of the project will also be available.

"This project represents the final phase of construction on our Great Lakes Campus," said NMC spokesman John Parker. "A direct benefit to the college is a demonstrated cost savings, as we will no longer have to dredge sand out of the harbor every other year. And what is exciting about this renovation is that it will allow not only NMC's fleet, but other research vessels to use Grand Traverse Bay as a safe harbor. This is a win for not only the college, but the community as well."

"We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College on the final phase of their Harbor Rehabilitation Project," said Lt. Col. Mike Derosier, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

The Detailed Project Report and Environmental Assessment are available here. Click the second document from the bottom to read the entire report.

Those unable to attend the Open House may send comments to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Detroit District ATTN: CELRE-PL
P.O. Box 1027
Detroit, Michigan 48231-1027

Comments must be received by Aug. 15.