Michigan Tech is one of 11 recipients of Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy grants pertaining to coastal management. Out of $1.1 million allocated, the university will receive $75,000 with the purpose of the funds meant to help develop a toolkit for the new “Resilient Coast” website.
According to EGLE, Michigan enjoys the most freshwater shoreline of any state in the country, being bordered on three sides by four different Great Lakes. The homepage states, “The website’s intent is to aid in local planning decisions, through which a coastal community can prepare itself to absorb and adapt to changes in Great Lakes water levels, coastal storms and floods; manage social and environmental changes; and build a better and more reliable local economy.”
The Keweenaw Peninsula has seen significant erosion and coastal flooding related to record high water levels for Lake Superior seen in 2019. A mild drought has helped to alleviate the problem and, for the first time in years, depth is below normal for this time on the calendar. All Great Lakes have cyclical patterns throughout the year. Levels are at their lowest in March and rise until August barring unusual weather patterns and other contributing factors.