ALANSON – Camp Petosega will receive approximately 1,000 feet of bioengineered shoreline upgrades early next year to combat erosion issues.
The Emmet County Park project near Alanson, slated for spring 2022, is funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and led by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. The Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department has consulted with the Watershed Council over the past year before submitting an application to the state in November for a grant under the non-point source program of Emmet. EGLE.
“(The project will focus on) the area near the south side of our property, where we started noticing a few years ago that we were in danger of losing the small straightening road that serves the boat launch area. canoes and kayaks, ”said Ryan Bauman. , Director of Parks and Recreation for Emmet County.
The agency awarded the grants, intended “for watershed management projects that will benefit wetlands, lakes and streams”, last month. The agency awarded 11 grants totaling over $ 4.7 million during this grant cycle. Tip of the Mitt will receive $ 153,938 to install 1,000 feet of shoreline improvements.
“We will have very little spending on this project, just a small amount of staff time and a few uses of equipment to move supplies,” Emmet County Administrator Mike Reaves said in his written report to Council of Ministers. commissioners for next week.
The method used will be similar to the work that has already been done on parts of the shore of the campground.
“They already did a similar project about six years ago near the mouth of the little stream that goes into Pickerel Lake and it worked really well, and he added almost five six seven feet near the shore,” Bauman said.
The project uses coconut logs – biodegradable tubes made from densely packed coconut fibers – to trap sedimentation along the shore.
Coconut logs can help stabilize shorelines in coastal areas by buffering them against waves and water currents that could cause erosion. Coconut logs can also be incorporated into vegetation and other strategies to prevent
As part of the grant award, the watershed council will provide “targeted outreach,” which involves working with the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership to introduce the technique to local construction engineers.
“The cool thing about this project is that it will basically be training for local entrepreneurs to learn this technique of stabilizing local shorelines,” Bauman said.