Next chance to stand up for critical sand dunes

Today, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public hearing about a permit application to pave and widen a road that runs through 130 beautiful acres of dunes, along the coast of Lake Michigan near Saugatuck. The road work is part of a larger plan to fully develop the pristine site, but we have the chance now to speak out and defend Michigan’s dunes.

There are a few important ways you can take action to oppose dunes development:

1. Attend the DEQ’s public hearing on Monday, June 30th at 6 PM in the Saugatuck High School’s Library (401 Elizabeth St, Saugatuck, MI).

2.Submit a public comment to the DEQ in support of denying the permit and protecting Michigan’s sand dunes for future generations.

Send in your public comment before the public hearing on June 30th. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters has created a web tool to simplify submitting a comment.

If this permit application is approved, area wildlife, forest habitat and fragile coastline could be irreparably damaged, all for a wider road. Not to mention the risks posed to nearby waterways by unnecessary and potentially dangerous road runoff. By granting the permit the DEQ will literally pave the way for a larger development plan that includes constructing homes in high erosion areas and in view of Oval Beach – one of the top rated shorelines in the country! We need to stop these development efforts before they change our fragile coast forever.

Michigan’s unique sand dunes are worth protecting, and we know that once you pave over the dunes you can never get them back. Help keep the pressure on the DEQ to deny the permit and send a clear message that Michiganders do not support developing our dunes.

For further information see our prior coverage.

Attend the public hearing on Monday, June 30th in Saugatuck, and submit your comment in support of Michigan’s sand dunes today. Later comments will be received by the DEQ until June 10.

Thank you for your support.

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