Sustainable Small Harbor Management Strategy Project

Who is overseeing the case studies?
Link to Study Team list

Why were certain cities selected for this?
Criteria for case studies included type of harbor (shallow draft, harbor of refuge), position relative to the community type (suburban, city, downtown), population size, and current economic condition. One city on each great lake area was chosen.

What will the case study/process entail?
Community meetings/charrettes identifying strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of Michigan’s harbor communities.

What do you see as the end goal of the study?
Early 2016 an economic model and decision making tools and information will be distributed to communities.

What does it mean to develop a “harbor sustainability plan specific to each study community, plus a case study on the process and outcomes to be used as part of the harbor sustainability toolkit?”
The case study will identify strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability in Michigan’s harbor communities.

How do you think this will this benefit the city?
The study will help economic planning and community development.

What communities were chosen for case studies?
New Baltimore, Au Gres, Ontonagon and Pentwater.

Where did the funding come from to do this?
MDNR, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Sea Grant, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

What are you hoping to see from residents/stakeholders at the vision meeting?
Ideas and input about strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of Michigan’s harbor communities.

How will these case studies better/improve the coastal communities in Michigan overall?
The case study will identify strategies to improve economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Michigan’s harbor communities and provide a model for those communities.