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**Updated 5:30 p.m. June 9, 2016 with additional presentation slides given at meeting.
Mount Pleasant Village President Jerry Garski Tuesday night told residents living along Lake Michigan that “all possibilities” are on the table for helping them protect their homes from accelerated bluff erosion.
Garski hosted the meeting primarily for residents of Racine County after a dozen homes in Mount Pleasant and several in Caledonia were identified as being in danger of tumbling into the lake because of rising lake levels and rough waves.
Anyone who lives on the shore of Lake Michigan or knows someone who does and is concerned about lake erosion will want to listen to this complete recording. It has a gold mine of information included in the presentation as well as in the host of questions and answers afterwards.
Approximately 150 people attended the meeting; residents from Mount Pleasant, Caledonia and Racine and some from Kenosha and from as far away as Grafton in Ozaukee County.
During the presentation and discussion that followed, the audience learned that in 1913, the City of Kenosha took the proactive step of constructing jetties they funded as a citywide capital project.
Following the formal presentation by individuals from state and federal agencies, the Q&A segment proved very informative and provided potential solutions from a number of residents. Several people who have experienced erosion during the past 50 or more years have seen solutions which have lasted decades or more, like the jetties.
A jetty is a structure – most often a concrete one – constructed specifically to help protect coastlines.
Many citizens appeared to raise similar comments. A growing sentiment grew during the Q&A segment of the meeting that these issues should not be treated as individual property owner responsibilities but rather treated as a common problem bridging county and state borders. Citizens suggested the US Army Corp of Engineers could, for example, head the design and execute the solutions for a broad distance along Lake Michigan because it was becoming clear to many citizens that the problem appears to be more than just a Mount Pleasant or Racine County issue.
The following people provided presentations and responded to citizen questions:
Pat O’Connor – Director of Disaster and Recovery Wisconsin Emergency Management
Gene Clark – UW Sea Grant Institute
Roxanne Gray – Wisconsin Emergency Management
Martye Griffin – Dept of Natural Resources
Phil Ross – US Army Corp of Engineers, out of Detroit, Michigan.
Time was spent during their presentations defining the problem as well as detailing their suggested options.
To view the presentation from Martye Griffin of the DNR click HERE.
(click the right arrow key at the bottom of his slides to move to the next slide)
Here is an additional, informative presentation given at the same meeting.
The recording is two hours and thirty four minutes in length.