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Norman Dodd (center) and Pam Stille (right) of Spring Lake testified at a hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 714, sponsored by Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville (left).

A bill designed to help lakeshore residents protect their homes in emergency erosion situations passed through the Michigan Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee on Tuesday.

Spring Lake Township residents Pam Stille and Norm Dodd, as well as representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) testified at the hearing.

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Norm Dodd and Pam Stille’s home in North Shore Estates in Spring Lake Township sits close to the edge of an eroded dune.

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The dune in front of Norm Dodd and Pam Stille’s home is shown before recent storms eroded the dune back to the house.

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This picture from a beachfront wedding in 2008 shows just how much beach there used to be in front of Norm Dodd and Pam Stille’s house.

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Rocks protect the shoreline in front of Norm Dodd and Pam Stille’s Spring Lake Township home.

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