Marquette OKs grant application for dredging

The Marquette City Commission approved a grant application for dredging Lake Superior in South Marquette yesterday.

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According to WLUC, the dredging is set to take place in front of the Shiras Plant.

The dredged sediment will be used for the Lakeshore site and beach restoration activities.

The grant – from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Port Infrastructure Development Program – will include matching money from Cleveland Cliffs at a rate of $200,000-$250,000 for the next three years.

“They’ll hopefully be able to reuse that dredged material for future projects along Lakeshore Boulevard, that’s our hope, and the actual match for this grant will be matched by some other private funds so it’s nice to see that collaboration between a public and private authority,” said Marquette City Manager, Karen Kovacs.

The commission unanimously supported the grant application, said WLUC.