GH officials consider supporting Lake Mich. ferry

Members of Grand Haven's City Council are looking to reach out to another coastal community to help protect one of its assets. Grand Haven officials are currently mulling draft proposals of a resolution that would show support for keeping the S.S. Badger, which is based in Ludington, in operation.
Alex Doty
Feb 22, 2012


“I think it’s an important asset — and once it is gone, it’s gone,” City Councilman Bob Monetza said.

According to The Associated Press, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had given ferry operators a December 2012 deadline for the company to stop the practice of dumping more than 500 tons of coal ash into Lake Michigan during its annual crossings from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wis.

The AP recently reported that federal regulators recently announced that they would let operators of the ferry apply for a permit to continue dumping coal ash into the lake. It was reported that Badger operators could apply to continue the dumping as they study ways to convert the ship to burn natural gas.

“This is something that has been in the news for a long time,” Monetza said.

According to the draft resolution being prepared by Grand Haven, the ash is not classified as hazardous; however, it does contain arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury.

Officials from Grand Haven are expected to pick up the discussion at the next City Council meeting in March after city officials obtain more information and determine where Ludington officials stand on the issue.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



I know we live in times that demand that we weigh all sides when considering financial support of an organization. To many, the S.S. Badger might be a heart-throb, but to others it provides a valuable service. If that service brings financial support to the city of Grand Haven and the Tri-
Cities in general, it may be a justifiable reason to provide that support. But, if there is not a profitable solution provided to the area, then I think the Tri-Cities needs to better mark those funds for local use. Many things are being extinguished because there is not enough funding available and the service CANNOT operate at a COST. If officials detemine the support provided to the S.S. Badger is profitable to the community and not a charity gift, citizens may be onboard with the decision to support the business. It has to be a business decision in this day and age.


I think bringing the Badger to Grand Haven would be Grand


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