Strong winds out of the north and near record waves on Lake Michigan associated with Hurricane Sandy last October impacted two local harbors, making them more difficult for boaters to navigate.
The Michigan City and Burns Small Boat Harbors are being dredged after the remnants of the hurricane swept through the region Oct. 30, 2012, causing shoaling.
The Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began hydraulic dredging at Michigan City and will begin at Portage in a few weeks.
According to the Army Corps of Engineers, dredging ensures all vessels have safe access through the two harbors
"Many times sediment will build up along the bottom of these channels and harbors, raising the elevation of the floor and providing an obstruction for passage of these boats," Chicago District project engineer Roberto Paredes said in press release. "Hurricane Sandy recently caused a lot of displacement of sediment in the Great Lakes region, providing an opportunity to provide beach nourishment and replacement for the adjacent Indiana Dunes."
The sand dredged from the Michigan City Harbor will be placed at Mount Bald Beach, while the sand dredged from Burns Small Boat Harbor will be placed along the beach at Ogden Dunes.
The dredging is funded by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.