Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit reveals an invconvienent truth: its only going to get worse
As high-water levels in the Great Lakes are causing extreme erosion on the lakeshore, Michigan environmental officials gathered Monday to discuss what course of action needs to be taken. The meeting came at the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit, a collective of state departments who gathered under the order of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to discuss resource availability and needs in dealing with the issue across the state.
Michigan is experiencing record or near record water levels on the Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, and streams, and along the lakeshore in some areas, many homes face the possibility of collapsing into the water, as beach erosion is bring the lakeshore closer and closer each day.
Dan Eichigner is the Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
“Certainly, on the shoreline, the Department of Natural Resources manages a lot of property along the shoreline, so we are feeling those effects right alongside other repairing landowners,” Eichinger said.
In December, a bi-partisan group of legislators asked Governor Whitmer to declare a state of emergency along the lakeshore, but Whitmer so far has not agreed, however, the governor did make addressing beach erosion and emphasis when she presented her budget last Thursday, setting aside $40 million to help address the issue.
Homeowners are now in a race with the clock, as water levels are expected to only grow higher this year. Despite the $40 million in Whitmer's budget, officials at the summit estimated the economic impact of high water levels to be north of $100 million.