Great Lakes Gets $12 Million for Infrastructure Upgrades

February 8, 2015

By Adrienne Roberts

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend an additional $12 million throughout the Great Lakes this year to dredge harbors, repair breakwaters, and complete construction projects. The money became available after Congress appropriated additional funding for the 2015 fiscal year.

Marie Strum is the assistant chief of engineering for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit district. She says the work is urgent.

“These upgrades and new projects are very important in terms of continuing navigation on the Great Lakes which is important for the economy of Michigan and the whole Great Lakes.”

Strum says dredging projects will take place in Holland, Muskegon, St. Joseph, and the Rouge River. She says work is expected to begin in the spring once the ice clears.