BIG THANKS to Everyone for Digging Deep for Leland Harbor!
HERE'S OUR STORY
Shoaling causes limited or zero entry access at Leland Township Harbor, and dredging is required almost annually – sometimes more than once a year. Although a Harbor of Refuge, Leland Harbor was not dredged in 2016. Due to changes in the Federal Budgeting process, for the past six years Leland Harbormaster, Russell Dzuba, has continually had to focus significant time and energy on obtaining funding to conduct the annual dredging.
As a means of trying to find a long term solution to the annual dredging problem, the Harbor Commission undertook an effort to investigate purchasing a dredge. The conclusion was that purchasing a dredge was a viable solution – enabling Leland Harbor to conduct the annual dredging on a schedule that would assure the full channel depth of 12 feet at the start of the season. Additionally, it would allow periodic maintenance dredging during the year when storms have caused the channel to fill in to less than the desired depth. Click to Read More
The community and friends of Leland Harbor raised the money in winter 2017 to purchase a 28-ton dredge through an online crowdfunding campaign. The community-funded dredge arrived in Leland on April 7, and was launched the following day – with a crowd cheering on Elmer's huge crane as it lifted the dredge from the trailer and set it into the harbor. The story was shared locally, regionally and statewide – and upon success the story was picked up by NPR. Click to listen.
Leland Harbor extends it’s deepest thanks to all those that helped to make purchasing and operating the dredge possible! A special thank you goes out to these local guys – Jimmy Munoz, Michael Grosvenor, Geoff Niessink and George Stevens – who volunteered and dredged the harbor from dawn until dusk for over a week. Dredging was completed on April 26, 2017 – with a harbor entrance depth of 12 feet.
Local photographer Meggen Watt Petersen, documented the closed harbor, the dredge launch and the dredging operation. See photos here at MeggenWatt.com. Meggen also graciously donated 100% of photograph profits to help purchase the dredge. Thank you Meggen!