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Protect investment in Great Lakes shore property

Protect investment in Great Lakes shore property. Wisconsin Guide says mimic nature:  Slow wind erosion with wind breaks; trip waves to dissipate their power; erect sand fences in dune/beach; stabilize with Marram grass & /willows; (TNN -sandbag for temporary sills/groins); rebuild reefs/sandbars; armor shore as a high $ last resort. Read More 2019 TNN Autumn News

DISAPPEARING BEACHES

DISAPPEARING BEACHES - Chicago Tribune: Beach erosion has long worried L. Michigan's coastal residents. But the thinning veneer of sand on the lake floor may be more troublesome.  The amount of sand drifting south from Wisconsin, protecting shorelines from pounding waves, has dropped 83% since the early 1800s.  The coast is at risk for more and more erosion. Sand displaced by construction of piers and harbors over two centuries was then a nuisance; some was dumped in deep waters and lost forever. Read More 2019 TNN Summer News

SAND LOST FOREVER?

SAND LOST FOREVER?  Chicago TribuneWithout a thick sand cushion, the primarily clay lakebed in shallow waters has been eroding as it takes more of the brunt of waves.  The lakebed erodes each year inch by inch, to create taller, more violent waves, which accelerate shoreline erosion.  As sand piled up near structures, that sand was hauled to deep waters and permanently disposed.  Researchers estimate that from 1889 to 1982, about 2.5 million cubic yards – 12,950 rail cars - of sand were removed. Read More 2019 TNN Summer News

EXCESS WATER DUMPED BY L. SUPERIOR BOARD

EXCESS WATER DUMPED BY L. SUPERIOR BOARD - The Board of Control has declined to consider reducing  excess water releases from Long Lac-Ogoki diversions this year as it did in1952, 1973, 1985.  The larger dam of two forming Long Lac – Ogoki diversions (shown in TNN News) is 450 feet longer than Hoover Dam. Also, the Board keeps Lake Superior within a 4-foot range by dumping water into Lake Michigan-Huron leading to a 6½ foot range. The Board is authorized  reduce L. Superior discharges to ease Lake Michigan-Huron shore erosion by lowering its water level. Read More 2019 TNN Summer News

WEEKLY WATER LEVELS UPDATE FOR LAKE MICHIGAN – HURON.