Grand Traverse Bay Harbor

GAY, MI (AP)--   A dredging project in Grand Traverse Bay Harbor in Houghton County has been delayed due to permit and contracting issues. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says dredging expected to start this spring will be postponed until at least fall. It's part of efforts to save Buffalo Reef off Gay.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A dredging project in Houghton County’s Grand Traverse Bay Harbor has been given final approval. 

Stamp sands from early 20th century copper mills have drifted south in Lake Superior, clogging vital fish-spawning habitat on Buffalo Reef. The project would remove more than 172,000 cubic yards of stamp sands from an underwater bedrock trough.

The Environmental Protection Agency has provided $3.1 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to design and carry out the dredging, which is scheduled for May.