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Dredging Grant and Work for 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has supplied the City of New Buffalo with post-Superstorm Sandy soundings for the New Buffalo Harbor Federal Navigation Channel.
When entering and leaving the harbor, boaters are encouraged to stay near the Northerly Breakwater.  Please be aware that soundings are snap-shot in time, and that caution should always be used when navigating.  Conditions can and do change.


May 14, 2012 — Post-dredging soundings are now available for the New Buffalo Harbor Federal Navigation Channel.  Please keep in mind that conditions can and do change.  Always use caution when navigating.  This year's dredging was made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund and from contributions by harbor entities and the City of New Buffalo to the Emergency Harbor Dredging Fund.  (A map of pre- and post-dredging bathymetry is also available.)


April 23, 2012 — Emergency dredging work in New Buffalo Harbor's Federal Navigation Channel is substantially complete.  The City's dredging contractor, Donkersloot and Sons Marine Development, is finishing up well ahead of the May 1st permit deadline imposed by the State of Michigan as a fish spawning protection window.  Post-dredging soundings will be posted here when we receive them.  This work was made possible by a grant from The Pokagon Fund.

The City supports the efforts of Congressman Fred UptonSenator Carl Levin, and Senator Debbie Stabenow to get harbor maintenance funding approved by Congress (RAMP Act – Restore America's Maritime Promise.)

The City needed to preform emergency dredging of the Federal Navigation Channel due to Congress not funding their federal responsibility.  Please help us by contacting your representatives in Congress to voice your support for federal maintenance of federal maritime infrastructure. 




March 21, 2012 — The City of New Buffalo is accepting sealed bids for the 2012 Federal Channel Dredging Project, until 3:00 p.m. local time on Monday, April 9, 2012, at the office of the City Manager, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI 49117, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.

The work for which bids are being requested consists of the following items:

1 L.S. Mobilization; Estimated 5,000 CYD Dredging, and various appurtenances.

The Contract Documents including plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of the ENGINEER, Wightman & Associates, Inc., 2303 Pipestone Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, at a non-refundable cost of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) for each set of documents so obtained.  An additional cost of Ten Dollars ($10.00) will be charged for bid sets requiring shipping and handling.  Additional sets may be obtained at a non-refundable cost of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00).  Neither the OWNER nor the ENGINEER will be responsible for partial sets of documents obtained from any other source.  The Advertisement for Bids, Plan Holder's List, all Addenda, and the Bid Tabulation will be posted to the Wightman & Associates, Inc. Web Page at www.wightman-assoc.com/bids.html.

The OWNER reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities in bidding.  The use of local contractors and labor is encouraged.

A certified check or bank draft drawn on a solvent bank in the State of Michigan payable without condition to the OWNER or a satisfactory bid bond executed by the bidder and a surety company, in an amount equal to 5 percent of the bid shall be submitted with each bid.

No bids may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids for at least ninety (90) days.

The successful bidder will be required to furnish a satisfactory Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Bond in the amount of 100 percent of the Contract price.  Bond forms are included in the Contract Documents.


March 19, 2012 — The United States Army Corps of Engineers preformed soundings for New Buffalo's Federal Navigation Channel on Thursday March 15, 2012.  Those results can be seen on this map.  Please note that these sounding results are only applicable for the time they were taken.  Conditions can and do change.  Boaters are urged to navigation with caution.

These sounding results will be considered during the Tuesday (March 20) City Council regular meeting.  If upon consideration the City Council decides to proceed with dredging, the City will put the work out for bid.  Dredging work would need to be completed by May 1 to protect fish spawning, part of our permit requirements.  Interested persons are invited to attend this Council meeting on Thursday March 15, 2012, at 6:30 PM, at City Hall, 224 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo.


March 14, 2012 — The City supports the efforts of Congressman Fred Upton, Senator Carl Levin, and Senator Debbie Stabenow to get harbor maintenance funding approved by Congress. 

In particular, the City supports the efforts of Senator Levin, whose provision to address the chronic backlog of harbor maintenance projects was included in the surface transportation bill that the Senate passed on March 14, 2012.

Please help us by calling your federal elected officials to voice your support for Congress funding their obligation to maintain federal maritime infrastructure, including New Buffalo's Federal Navigation Channel.




March 13, 2012 — Today the City of New Buffalo received notice that our Federal Navigation Channel Emergency Dredging grant application was approved by the Pokagon Fund Board of Directors.  This application was for up to $150,000, as matching funds to contributions from New Buffalo Harbor entities, for the Emergency Harbor Dredge Fund.  The City is very thankful for all of the support shown from harbor entitieslocal units of government of Harbor Country, and Congressman Fred Upton, for our grant application.  (March 1, 2012 update: Lake Michigan Yacht Club has sent in their letter of support.) 

This grant application was pursued due to Congress not appropriating any money to maintain this vital piece of federal transportation infrastructure.  Last year, 2011, the City also obtained a grant from the Pokagon Fund due to Congress not funding dredging.  In 2009, the City exhausted most of the Emergency Harbor Dredge Fund to pay for dredging.

It is too early to know if dredging will be needed this year, but City officials have contacted the United States Army Corps of Engineers and requested that soundings be taken as soon as possible.  If it is found dredging if needed, the City Council will award a contract to the bidder of Council's choice.  Dredging work would need to be finished by May 1 to not impede fish spawning.  The permits the City has for dredging are effective through March 18, 2014.


February 9, 2012 — The United States Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes Navigation Team hosted their annual Shallow Draft/ Recreational Harbor Stakeholder Meeting today.  All harbors in the Great Lakes are suffering from a critical backlog of dredging needs and insufficient federal funding.  

Harbor Commission Chair Nancy SmithCity Manager/ Harbormaster Michael Mitchell, and Assistant to the City Manager Ryan Fellows attended the Grand Haven session.  The Grand Haven session of the stakeholder meeting was teleconferenced together with Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Duluth, Sault Ste Marie, and Kewaunee.

Funding dredging needs across the Great Lakes was a key topic of the stakeholder meeting.  New Buffalo's Emergency Harbor Dredge Fund (EHDF) was the only alternate funding mechanism presented by the various region-wide harbor stakeholders. 

The USACE presentation and Great Lakes Small Harbor Coalition presentation from the meeting have been posted on the USACE website.  The City of New Buffalo is a member of Great Lakes Small Harbor Coalition, and we greatly appreciate the leadership this group as shown supporting safe navigation through collectively working with our elected federal officials to ensure proper funding to maintain federal waterway transportation infrastructure.

The City supports the efforts of Congressman Fred UptonSenator Carl Levin, and Senator Debbie Stabenow to get the RAMP Act approved by Congress.  Please help us by calling your federal elected officials to voice your support for Congress funding their obligation to maintain federal transportation infrastructure.


This page last updated on 12/19/2013.

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