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Michigan coastal management projects, programs get $1.1M

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HANCOCK, MI— More than $1.1 million in grants has been awarded to 17 coastal management projects and programs in Michigan.

The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the funding will help protect, preserve, enhance and wisely develop the state’s coastal resources.

Recipients include Hancock, which will get $45,000 to do a feasibility analysis for nature-based shore protection and restoration. The analysis will help address erosion issues at a portion of shoreland on the Keweenaw Waterway. The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Commission will receive $11,000 to develop outreach programs for education on coastal hazards like flooding and erosion. And Michigan Tech is getting $75,000 for technical support to the Michigan Coastal Management Program in developing the MCMP Toolkit.

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Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.