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Michigan residents consider how to limit erosion at popular Lake Superior destination


MARQUETTE, Michigan — Marquette officials are looking for ways to limit erosion around Presque Isle Park, a popular recreational area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Mining Journal reports ( ) park committee members are concerned about decreasing vegetation and soil cover around the popular Lake Superior destination. The committee is especially worried about the Black Rocks section of the park, where frequent foot traffic contributes to erosion. Visitors often jump into the lake after climbing a small cliff at Black Rocks.

"This has been kind of a longstanding issue here," said Bob Chapman, chairman of the Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee. "You know, erosion rarely goes away. It just gets worse."

He said he believes the eroded area at Black Rocks, which is now just dirt, used to be covered with vegetation.

Jon Swenson, assistant director of community services for the city of Marquette and staff liaison of the park committee, said the city might add large rocks to the eroded area. The new rocks would deter visitors from using a damaging path up the cliff. A sign would point out a more environmentally friendly route.

Swenson said Marquette's Department of Public Works would add the signage and rock barrier either at the end of the summer or after the next snowmelt.

"It's an amazing, wonderful place," he said. "We want to keep it that way."

Information from: The Mining Journal,

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