Village gets river cleanup grant

A village once known for its sawmills is having trouble with logs.
Marie Havenga
Sep 13, 2013

The Village of Spring Lake, formerly known as Mill Point because of its abundance of sawmills and logging establishments in the 1800s, has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help clean up logs and debris in the Grand River left by last spring's flooding.

“We really don't have a dedicated funding source to clean up the logs,” Village Public Works Director Roger Belknap said. “After all the flooding, it opened up a silo of assistance, so we thought we'd jump on it.”

The federal agency will provide $12,728 toward cleanup of logs, and vegetative and sediment debris along 1,600 feet of shoreline from Mill Point Park to Tanglefoot Park. The grant will also cover dredging of the navigational channel into the boat launch.

The flooding brought sediment into the Mill Point Park boat launch area, according to Belknap. The village public works staff recently measured the channel depth, and it ranged from a foot to a foot and a half.

Instead of paying about $6,000 to dredge the channel as in years past, the village's maximum cost would be the federal grant's 25 percent local match of $3,182. And Belknap said the state may help with the local match.

“Either way, we're going forward," he said.

The village has an ongoing permit with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to dredge the navigational channel to a 4-foot depth.Dredging likely will occur by the end of the month. All work must be completed by Dec. 18, according to the federal grant terms.

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