Indiana Dunes National Park Debuts Coronavirus Campaign

Jul 19, 2020


UPDATE: Michigan City Extends Closure Of Beaches

Jul 16, 2020


Thursday Michigan City's Mayor signed an executive order extending the beach closures through July 30. This applies not only to Washington Park but also the senior center and the zoo and parking areas that surround those facilities. 

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As if shoreline erosion wasn't enough, communities and property owners on Lake Michigan are now dealing with another problem due to record high water levels - trash. Up and down the lake, large amounts of it are washing up on shore. 

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Beaches around the world are usually busy in warmer weather, that can be dangerous during a pandemic. Some beach towns in Southwest Michigan are preparing to stay safe in case the coronavirus crisis continues through summer.

Michigan Promises Faster Review Of Erosion Control Permits

Oct 31, 2019
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators are promising faster reviews of applications to protect homes or structures threatened by rising Great Lakes levels.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Wednesday it will expedite permits for actions such as placing rocks or building seawalls to prevent erosion.

Director Liesl Clark said permit consideration requires a balance between protecting property and safeguarding environmental features such as dunes, shorelines and bluffs.

Study: Michigan Has More Sand Dunes Than Previously Known

Aug 12, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Researchers say Michigan may have more than twice as many sand dune acres as previously known.

New Buffalo earned a federal grant to improve its beaches for the growing number of tourists that visit each summer. 

The City has $51,000 to create a master plan for New Buffalo beaches.


PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Planning to go to a Lake Michigan beach Monday? The National Weather Service says bathers should think about another day.

Dangerous swimming conditions are expected at beaches north of South Haven. Separately, swimming is discouraged south of South Haven. Waves could be 3 feet or higher.