sand dunes

Environment & Science
7:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Scientists will work this summer to find the cause of mystery holes on Mount Baldy

Even Erin Argyilan and Bruce Rowe aren't allowed to access Mount Baldy for now because of the conditions.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

A popular summer spot in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is closed indefinitely. Scientists are trying to figure out the mystery of why some dangerous sinkholes have been developing in the dunes.

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Environment & Science
3:14 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes

The view of the McClendon property from the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.
Credit Lindsey Smith/Michigan Radio

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Construction is expected to begin in the coming months on an access road across part of the Lake Michigan shoreline for 18 home sites.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Singapore Dunes LLC says it has received permission from the state Department of Environmental Quality to build the two-lane blacktop in Allegan County's Saugatuck Township.

 

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The Environment Report
10:49 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Developer wants to build homes on reclaimed sand mining site

Plans for a housing development around the South Lake site in Norton Shores.
Castle Dunes LLC

You can listen to today's Environment Report here or read the first story in the segment below.

Castle Dunes LLC is proposing to develop more than 200 acres of reclaimed sand mining land in Norton Shores near Muskegon. The company has a purchase agreement to buy the land from the Nugent Sand Company.

A public hearing is being held today to begin the zoning process at the Norton Shores Planning Commission meeting (tonight at 5:30pm in the community room of the Norton Shores Branch Library at 705 Seminole).

The company wants to build single family properties and condominiums around a man-made lake.

That lake was created by mining the sand from the dunes. It turned out to be a major problem for a previous developer when the water levels in the lake rose.

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Environment & Science
2:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

How to build houses that don't harm Michigan's 'critical dune areas'

Laketown Residence, by Allegretti Architects of St. Joseph, Michigan
Steven Davis, courtesy of Allegretti Architects

Over 70,000 acres of dunes are recognized as "critical dunes," out of the 275,000 acres of dunes in the state of Michigan.

In 1976, the Michigan Legislature created the Sand Dune Protection and Management Act.

A small book was published this summer by the Michigan Department for Environmental Quality illustrating ways to safely build homes in these critical dune areas.

MDEQ teamed up with an organization called Preserve the Dunes.

Preserve the Dunes is a non-profit that was started in 1997 in Van Buren and Berrien Counties. The group has sponsored two competitions recognizing homes built in critical dune areas. Critical Dunes Residential Design Awards were awarded in 2006 and again in 2012. 

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Environment & Science
10:21 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Gov. Snyder signs controversial critical sand dunes bill

Flickr user/I'm Such a Child

People who own private property on Michigan sand dunes will now have more flexibility when it comes to getting building permits.

Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill this week that broadens building permits on what are called critical dunes. Those are dunes that have the most environmental protection.

Rachel Hoekstra is the legislative Director for the Senator who introduced the bill. She says the previous law had too many regulations for building permits.

“Basically it turned out to be whoever had the most money could potentially one day build a home in these areas.”

But opponents of the new law say it puts those critical sand dunes at risk.

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