Annual Membership Meeting Draws Record Attendance

The Great Lakes Coalition held its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Haworth Inn & Conference Center on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  Concerns about rising water levels and increased outflow from Lake Superior brought a record attendance of almost 200 shoreline property owners.  Guest Speaker was John Allis, P.E., Chief, Great Lakes Hydraulics & Hydrology Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Office.

Chief Allis stated that the outflow from Lake Superior is managed by the International Lake Superior Board of Control (ILSBC), an agency under the jurisdiction of the International Joint Commission (IJC).  The ILSBC Board is composed of two Commissioners, one from Canada, one from the U.S.  Their mission is two-fold:  1) try to mimic pre-project conditions and maintain natural outflows; and 2) try to balance to levels of each lake.  See Chief Allis’s entire presentation at: USACE-Presentation-8_18_18.pdf .

Sabrina Miller, Biologist from the USACE Detroit District Office then talked about the permitting process for installing shoreline protection and other structures.  Ms. Miller stated that the aim of the permitting process is to protect the physical integrity of property from both chemical and biological standpoints.  Section 10 of the “Rivers and Harbors Act” regulates the structures and work to be done and Section 404 of the “Clean Water Act” covers wetlands and tributaries to navigable waterways in regard to fill components and any pollutant contained therein.  For more complete information on the permitting process, call the USACE at 1-800-493-6838 or search the USACE website at: