Snyder signs $21M bill to dredge Michigan harbors

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Gov. Snyder signs legislation sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price providing $21 million in emergency funds to dredge Michigan harbors. (March 27, 2013)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation providing $21 million in emergency funds to dredge Michigan harbors in danger of becoming impassable to boats because of low Great Lakes water levels.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday in Lansing. It appropriates money for 58 dredging projects. He also signed measures to quicken the process of obtaining dredging permits and reduce fees.

About half the money is coming from the state waterways fund, which pays for marine infrastructure improvements. The rest is provided by the general fund, the state's main checkbook.

The spending bill also includes money for park improvements, trail development and dozens of other projects paid for with royalties from oil and gas development on state-owned land.

At the event Wednesday, Jim Colburn of the Michigan Boating Industries Association said: "It's gonna help the public harbors - it's gonna help the economy -  it's gonna help keep, maintain and grow jobs and it's gonna help recreational boaters all over the state  which is so important to our Michigan economy."

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