Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

June 25, 2014

$2.5M federal grant supports shoreline protection

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Michigan will receive $2.5 million from the federal government for efforts to protect shore lands and coastal ecosystems, along with public access and recreation.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the funding this week to the state’s coastal management program. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will administer the grant, which will generate an additional $2 million in state and local spending.

Supported projects will include identifying how climate change is affecting Great Lakes coastal wetlands and what might be done about them, and training staffers to incorporate climate change measures into the process of wetlands regulation.

The grant also will support outreach to local communities and management of dunes and areas especially vulnerable to erosion.

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