ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton says emergency federal funding will be used to dredge St. Joseph Harbor for the second straight year.
The St. Joseph Republican made the announcement Friday. The dredging is necessary because of Lake Michigan's low water levels.
MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/Wp3BIl ) the St. Joseph Harbor is used for the commercial shipping of natural resources from around the Great Lakes. It's also home to seven recreational boating marinas.
The dredging will be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The money for the dredging will come from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, a program in which cash is raised through a tax placed on commercial shippers.