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EGLE to expedite shoreline erosion permits for homes threatened by high lake levels

Posted on November 4, 2019 by Herasanna Richards

Due to higher water levels in the Great Lakes, Michigan’s shoreline communities and residents are experiencing an increase in shoreline erosion. For homes or structures that are in danger, EGLE will be expediting permits for shoreline protection. In cases where homes or infrastructure are at risk, permits can be issued in a matter of days. EGLE also will divert resources from other programs to assist property owners, local governments and technical professionals in processing permits; prioritize response activities based on the risk to public health and safety; and find appropriate solutions that protect people and the environment.

EGLE will be hosting a webinar to explain this process on November 12, 2019, from 11AM to 12PM. This webinar is an opportunity for local officials to learn more about EGLE’s response to Great Lakes shoreline erosion, the basic rules and processes for obtaining permits for shoreline protection projects, efforts EGLE is taking to expedite permits, and how you and your constituents can communicate and partner most effectively with EGLE. The webinar will include a short presentation followed by time for questions from attendees.

Also, EGLE has launched a new webpage with information on this topic: Michigan.gov/HighWater.  This should be a helpful resource and will be updated as circumstances evolve and there is more information to share. Members who would like to contact EGLE staff directly should call our Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by email to EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov.  Register for the webinar here.

Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League.  She can be reached at hrichards@mml.org or 517-908-0309.

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