Booher, Franz to lead discussion about dredging in Portage Lake

WHO: 
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh; Portage Lake Harbor Commission Chairman Jim Mrozinksi; and local officials.

WHAT:
Lawmakers and state and local officials will discuss the urgent need to address the dredging problem in Portage Lake.

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 1
9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Onekama Marine
4378 Crescent Beach Road
Onekama

BRIEF:
Franz has sponsored House Resolution 325 and House Concurrent Resolution 62, calling Congress to use funds from the federal Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund’s $5 billion surplus for dredging and maintenance work at 15 harbor of refuge facilities in Michigan.

During testimony in September on the resolutions, Mrozinksi said that Portage Lake Harbor is compromised by sandbars and low water levels that have turned the port into a dangerous entrance for boaters. Without a clear passage, 200 jobs and $3 million in revenue could be lost and property values could drop by 35 percent.

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Booher, Rendon to lead meeting about addressing swimmer’s itch

WHO: 
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City; Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh; and local officials.

WHAT:
Lawmakers and state and local officials will meet to discuss what actions to take to address the problem of swimmer’s itch in Higgins Lake. 

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 1
2:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Gerrish Township Hall  
2997 E. Higgins Lake Drive
Roscommon

BRIEF:
Swimmer’s itch is a dermatitis that develops on parts of the body that have been exposed to lake water containing certain larval forms of flatworms. Reddened spots form on the body within hours after exposure and may itch intensely for several days before subsiding. After a week, the symptoms usually disappear. In severe cases, a person can develop a fever, become nauseated and spend several sleepless nights suffering from intense itching.

It is widely scattered throughout Michigan, with major outbreaks occurring on larger recreational lakes in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula. Nearly every lake in Michigan has the potential to support the snails and birds that host the parasites that cause swimmer’s itch.

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