Planning grant awarded to project in Emmet County for studies of Great Lakes water-level changes

U-M’s Graham Sustainability Institute has awarded seven grants, totaling $70,000, to U.S. and Canadian researchers who will help residents of shoreline communities adapt to current and future variability in Great Lakes water levels.

Researchers will use the $10,000, six-month planning grant to study policy options and management actions available to residents, businesses and government officials in shoreline communities impacted by Great Lakes water-level fluctuations.

In a project focusing on several communities in Emmet County, including Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Mackinaw City, U-M Biological Station and Oregon State University researchers will work to co-develop a Great Lakes, lake-level policy for agency owned and managed lands in northwestern Lower Michigan.

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