A public hearing will be held on the City of Harbor Springs request for a permit to fill a portion of Great Lakes bottomlands along the above stretch of waterfront.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will hold a public hearing on the permit request by the City of Harbor Springs to fill in Great Lakes bottomlands and possibly expand the waterfront park area east of the Harbormaster building on Wednesday, Aug. 20. While a final time has yet to be set, city manager Tom Richards said it would likely be scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall in Harbor Springs.
As reported, the City of Harbor Springs has applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a permit "to place 6,133 cubic yards of fill over a geotextile fabric on a 3.8 acre area of Great Lakes Bottomlands." According to the application, "the stated purpose of the project is to expand the adjoining public park."
A 'possible discrepancy' in the application may have overstated the actual size of the area the city is requesting permission to fill. According to Scott Rasmusson, Water Resources Division, Department of Environment Quality, the MDEQ is reviewing that with the city. It would appear from drawings that area is slightly larger than a football field.
City manager Tom Richards has said this is one of two options being considered as part of the city's waterfront enhancement efforts. The other would be to utilize existing park area.
The entire application package, including design drawings, can be found online at http://www.deq.state.mi.us/lwmpnh/. To access the public notice package online, enter the file number on the left panel and view by clicking on the icon next to the public notice date. The file number is 14-24-0013-P.