High winds caused a tree and bank to collapse into East Bay on Bluff Road on the Old Mission Peninsula
Tree and bank collapse into East Bay on Bluff Road, about a half-mile south of Boursaw Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
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It’s no secret that the shoreline around the Old Mission Peninsula is taking a beating lately. The waters of Lake Michigan – including East and West Grand Traverse Bay – were already high to begin with, and the recent fierce winds have only intensified the situation.

Looking to learn more about current shoreline issues and what can be done about them? OMP resident Monnie Peters has organized a workshop for township residents who own shoreline property or who want to learn more about the current issues and possible solutions.

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The shoreline workshop will take place on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Speakers for the evening include Heather Smith, Grand Traverse Bay Baykeeper with The Watershed Center, and Mark Breederland from Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

High Water at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
High Water at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

The shoreline workshop will focus on:

  • Why Grand Traverse Bay and all the Great Lakes are so high, as well as the forecast for the future
  • What can be done by shoreline owners, including best management practices for the shoreline
  • What the current Peninsula Township Zoning Ordinance allows along OMP shoreline
  • And more! There will be a Q&A time, so bring your questions for these experts on shoreline management.

Also, copies of the recently-updated booklet published by The Watershed Center, “Up North Shoreline: Stewardship Guide for Living on Grand Traverse Bay,” will be given to residents who attend the workshop, or you may also stop by the Peninsula Township offices and pick up a copy.

The workshop will also be videotaped, and copies will be available for checkout about two weeks later at Peninsula Community Library.

If you have questions, feel free to email Monnie Peters at [email protected].

Up North Shoreline Stewardship Guide for Living on Grand Traverse Bay
Up North Shoreline Stewardship Guide for Living on Grand Traverse Bay | The Watershed Center

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