Residents living along the bluffs of Lake Michigan can learn about measures they can take to protect their properties at a public information meeting Oct. 11.

Mount Pleasant officials are hosting a technical assistance community meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Experts from a number of agencies will be present to answer questions about options available to homeowners who are in danger of losing their properties because of bluff erosion.

Higher-than-usual levels in Lake Michigan, strong waves and unstable bluffs are the culprits of accelerated bluff erosion primarily affecting residents who live in Lake Park. The lack of rain this summer helped slow the progression, but this fall is shaping to be quite rainy so time is of the essence.

This summer a donation of concrete from a project at the Waukegan, IL, airport was made available to property owners to use as rip rap in the shallow water at the base of the bluffs. In most cases, the rip rap work in conjunction with large boulders that sit in front of the concrete to break waves before they hit shore, slowing the rate of decline.

Residents who attend the meeting will get information from and can ask questions of:

  • Wisconsin Emergency Management
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
  • University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Local officials from the village, county and state are expected to attend as well.

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