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      Dredging projects move forward with $25 million in federal funds

      The Leland harbor is among several others across the state included in a new dredging focus courtesy of $25 million in federal funds.

      Several northern Michigan harbors are included in a new dredging focus courtesy of $25 million in federal funds.

      The Army Corps will distribute the funds for the Great Lakes navigation projects to help address the backlog of dredging plans.

      U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced the funding Wednesday. Last month the Great Lakes Task Force sent a bipartisan letter from Great Lakes senators to leaders of the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter urged the Army Corps to allocate additional funding for Great Lakes harbor maintenance from the $200 million in national funding provided in the FY14 omnibus bill, which Congress approved in January.

      "Making sure that our harbors and waterways are properly dredged and maintained is absolutely critical to supporting Michigan's shipping, boating and tourism industries," said Sen. Stabenow. "This is much-needed funding that will go a long way to supporting our economy and thousands of jobs across our state."

      "The failure to provide adequate funds for harbor dredging has created a crisis in which many Great Lakes harbors are becoming so choked with silt that they are increasingly unusable," said Levin. "This funding will provide assistance to harbors across the Great Lakes region, including several of the most severely impacted harbors in Michigan."

      Following is the list of Michigan projects that will receive funding:

      Black River, Port HuronDredging Cheboygan HarborDredging Grand Haven HarborAdditional dredging - inner harbor Leland HarborDredging Menominee HarborDredging Monroe HarborAdditional dredging Saginaw RiverAdditional dredging St. Joseph HarborDredging Detroit RiverCDF fill management activities St. Mary's RiverSoo asset renewal St. Mary's RiverHydropower Access bridge and duct bank to hydropower plant