LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — State environmental officials are making it easier for lakeshore property owners to get a permit to use sandbags as a temporary measure to help protect their homes.
On Friday, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced a new minor project category.
Officials say the category will provide for faster permit processing for homeowners and a reduced permit fee of $100. Under the new category, a public notice will not be necessary, according to EGLE.
The announcement comes as lakeshore homes have been threatened by erosion from high water levels.
Experts say sandbags are not a permanent solution to erosion problems and the bags eventually must be removed. Officials say homeowners should work with contractors to come up with a more permanent solution.
Homeowners wanting to take measures to protect their homes will need to get a permit. In many cases, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also needs to review the permit application, which is filed jointly.
Property owners can find more information online.