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Senate bill for grants for infrastructure damages for high water, shoreline erosion sent to Whitmer


By Tamara Browning | Mar 21, 2020

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Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) | Michigan House Republicans

A Michigan Senate bill supported by state Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) that in part would appropriate $5 million for high water public infrastructure repair has been sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Senate Bill 151, introduced by state Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), was presented to Whitmer on March 16.

The proposed appropriation is under the Department of Treasury and would help Michigan lakeshore communities address soil erosion. 

“Lakeshore residents rightfully expect the Legislature and the governor to work together to protect our Great Lakes communities,” Whiteford said in a press release. “Our area has been plagued for months by unprecedented rising water levels. These important investments are a step in the right direction.”

The bill in part said the treasury department will award grants “to counties, cities, villages, and townships for public infrastructure damages or prevention methods due to high waters and shoreline erosion.” 

Awarded on a competitive basis, grants can’t exceed $250,000 to a single community. Awardees must contribute at least 25% of the total project cost.

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