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Holcomb Orders Action On Erosion Along Lake Michigan

By Rebecca Thiele, IPB News | Published on in Environment, Government, Weather
This ramp to help people with disabilities access the beach near Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk has crumbled under the eroding waves (Tyler Lake/WTIU)
This ramp to help people with disabilities access the beach near Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk has crumbled under the eroding waves (Tyler Lake/WTIU)

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order on Thursday to help cities along Lake Michigan experiencing erosion. Among other things, it directs the state to speed up approvals for projects that protect homes and infrastructure and determine whether Indiana can declare an emergency to receive federal dollars.

Four Indiana communities along Lake Michigan have already made emergency declarations. That includes Sen. Karen Tallian’s (D-Ogden Dunes) constituents. She says she hopes the state will move quickly to secure federal funding and protect Indiana residents on the lake.

“You know the way that the storms are on the lake. I mean, anything can happen and we’ve got people in dire need right now,” Tallian says.

Last year, a legislative committee recommended the state help pay for an Army Corps of Engineers study to look into solutions to the erosion issue. But those funds were cut out of the final budget.

Contact Rebecca at rthiele@iu.edu or follow her on Twitter at @beckythiele.

Indiana Environmental reporting is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Grand Challenge project developing Indiana-specific projections and informed responses to problems of environmental change.