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The NOAA is giving states money to help make coast lines more resilient to climate change effects

A sunset off the Mackinac Bridge
Teresa Homsi
A sunset off the Mackinac Bridge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration –also called NOAA [NOH-ah]- is giving states money to make coastlines more resilient to climate change effects. The Great Lakes’ levels have been seeing higher highs and lower lows in recent decades. That's caused damage.

Two-point-eight million dollars is going to the Great Lakes region, with Michigan getting about a third of that money.

Joelle Gore is chief of the Stewardship Division for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.

Gore said, “875 thousand that the state of Michigan will be able to spend over the next five years to address those impacts of climate change and community resilience.”

That’s not a lot of money for a large amount of Michigan coastline. But, Gore says this is just one part of a much larger package of grants that will be made available to states with coastlines over the next five years.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.