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Jetty Proposed as Step One in Buffalo Reef Plan

The first step in trying to keep Buffalo Reef from being overtaken by stamp sands will be a big wall.

Michigan Department of Energy, Great Lakes and Environment officials confirmed yesterday that the state’s new budget includes $10 million to build the barrier south of Gay.

The jetty will extend 2,000 feet – more than a third of a mile – into Lake Superior. It should provide some protection to the 2200-acre reef in Grand Traverse Bay, which serves as an important spawning ground for whitefish and lake trout. 

The barrier will also serve as a base of operations for the eventual removal of the stamp sands, which could take as long as 20 years, and cost upwards of $1 billion.

EGLE officials did not specify exactly where the jetty will be constructed. They did release a concept image.

EGLE Image

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release specifics about its plan to resolve the problem later this month.

Read more about the latest plans here.

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