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Federal Channel Dredged 2011


June 15, 2011 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a new soundings map taken this month of New Buffalo's Federal Channel.

At the end of April this year, the Federal Channel was dredged by the City of New Buffalo, thanks to a grant from The Pokagon Fund.

Ordinarily, Congress funds dredging the Federal Channel. However, this year (two years ago) Congress failed to do so. Also, Congressional leaders are determined to have no earmark spending in the near-term. The City is working with Representative Upton and Senators Levin and Stabenow on establishing protected, regular funding for dredging.


Keeping the Federal Channel navigable is a priority project of the New Buffalo City Council. Therefore, the City is working on creating a sustainable dredging fund. Everyone with an interest in keeping New Buffalo Harbor navigable is invited to attend the next Harbor Commission meeting, Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 PM, at City Hall, 224 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI. Different funding options will be explored. The existing ordinance which created the City's Emergency Harbor Dredging Fund will also be discussed.


On March 3, 2011, the United States Army Corps of Engineers took soundings of the Federal Navigation Channel. Please note that the information depicted on the dredging map represents the results of surveys made on March 3, 2011, and can only be considered as indicating the general conditions present at that time. Conditions can and do change quite a bit. Please use caution when navigating in the Federal Channel. All soundings are referenced to IGLD 1985 for Lake Michigan, elevation 577.5 ft. above mean sea level at Rimouski, Quebec. A hydraulic corrector of 0.32 ft. was added.

On March 15, 2011, the City Council, during their Regular Meeting, voted to move forward with dredging by authorizing Wightman and Associates to prepare plans, specifications, and bids, as well as contract preparation, administration and inspection for dredging. The City will advertise for bids, and then a contractor will be selected to perform the dredging work. The City has a goal of having this dredging work completed by May 1, 2011.


City City of New Buffalo hosted a Rip Currents Safety Meeting:

Rip Currents Meeting 1

City Manager Michael Mitchell (left) speaking during the Rip Currents Safety Meeting:

Rip Currents Meeting 2