- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $3.2 million contract for ecosystem restoration of 80 acres along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline.

Rep. Pete Visclosky calls the project in the city of Portage a “significant milestone” in efforts to recapture the lakefront for public use and build economic opportunities in the region.

Corps of Engineers commander Col. Christopher Drew says the agency has designed a project that will help restore a significant portion of the Lake Michigan waterfront in northwestern Indiana. He says work should begin next year.

The work will include controlled burns, eradication of invasive plants and the rebuilding of dunes on nearly 10 acres.

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