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As erosion threatens lakefront, North Shore towns seek solutions together
Chicago Tribune (7/27)
For two centuries, man-made structures that jut into Lake Michigan along the shore north of Chicago, Ill., have impeded the natural southward drift of sand, creating buildups in some places, and shortages in others.

Michigan shoreline to get $1M fix to fight erosion
The Detroit News (6/5)
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northwest Michigan has outlined a $1 million plan to address severe shoreline erosion next to a historic island lighthouse.

Erosion chipping away at Lake Ontario shoreline
WHAM-TV - Rochester, NY (5/3)
The rising waters of Lake Ontario are already carving a path along the shoreline, eroding property that has been in place for decades, and residents fear it's only the beginning.

Officials: Without long-term erosion fix, North Shore towns may suffer
Chicago Tribune (8/31)
If a more permanent solution isn't found to address Lake Michigan's eroding shoreline and shrinking beaches, leaders of coastal communities fear their economies and tourism may suffer.

Bluff erosion: Slabs of concrete transported to homes in need of protection from Lake Michigan
FOX6 News-TV - Milwaukee, WI (8/29)
Progress is being made as it relates to combating the severe bluff erosion along Lake Michigan in Racine County, Wis., as slabs of concrete were delivered to Mount Pleasant from an airport in Waukegan and was used where homes were in need of protection from the lake.

Test project for using Lake Erie sediment opens in Toledo
WTVG TV - Toledo, OH (8/21)
A test site to show the potential uses of sediment dredged from Lake Erie's harbors is now open in northern Ohio.

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General Resources
Dredging Projects
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes Regional Headquarters
This site explains the dredging process and links to sites with more Great Lakes dredging information.

Great Lakes Dredging Team
The GLDT is a partnership of federal and state agencies created to assure that the dredging throughout the Great Lakes is conducted in a timely and cost-effective manner while meeting environmental protection, restoration and enhancement goals.

Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program
A cooperative initiative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Great Lakes Regional Headquarters) and the Great Lakes Commission to develop sediment transport models for tributaries to the Great Lakes that discharge to federal navigation channels or Areas of Concern.

Illinois Soil Survey
Natural Resources Conservation Service-Illinois
This site provides a status report of the state's soil survey, data from the State Soil Geographic (STATSGO) database, plus fact sheets and more.

International Erosion Control Association
The IECA is a non-profit, member organization that provides education, resource information and business opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry.

Lake Erie Center
University of Toledo
The University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to environmental research.

Lake Michigan Potential Damages Study
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Detroit District
An extensive and long-term assessment of potential shoreline damages over the next 50 years due to fluctuating lake levels along the Lake Michigan shoreline (started in 1996).

Low Cost Shore Protection
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District
Learn about low cost methods to protect shoreline from erosion, including vegetation, perched beaches, breakwaters and beach fill.

Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The NRCS works with landowners on private lands to conserve natural resources. The nation's 3,000 conservation districts, virtually one in every county, are the heart of the conservation delivery system.

Ohio Lake Erie Buffer Program
Ohio Lake Erie Buffer Team
Initiated to tackle the soil erosion and sedimentation problem in the Lake Erie watershed, the program provides opportunity for both government and private agencies to work together in improving the Lake Erie ecosystem.

Environment Canada's Freshwater Web
Includes effects of sediment, how sediment is sampled and case studies.

Shore Protection and Restoration
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes Regional Headquarters

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