Michigan Tells Property Owners on Michigan Shore to Ditch the Sandbags

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By Isaac Constans

July 7, 2023

The new order applies to property-owners along lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and St. Clair. Sandbags were previously authorized to curb erosion during a period of high water.

No more sandbags on the Great Lakes shoreline, the state says.

In 2020, rising water levels on the Great Lakes threatened homes on and near the shoreline. So, the state authorized the placement of sandbags to fortify properties and bluffs that faced possible erosion.

But now, it’s time to take the sandbags from the lakeshore, the state says, to prevent plastic solution of the shore.

The new order applies to property-owners along lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and St. Clair. The state will reach out individually to those with or without temporary permits to make them aware.

The order does not apply to those on the Lake Superior shoreline, where water levels are still high.

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