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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