Permit for road through township dune preserve: DENIED!
The White Lake Beacon reports the permit application to build a quarter mile road..ahem..driveway through a township sand dune preserve outside Montague has been denied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality!
Good news for one of Michigan’s most globally unique resources – our freshwater dune system.
You may recall developers tried to ram the road through under a creative interpretation of the Critical Dunes Act, which was weakened by our state legislature last year. MEC and dozens of others testified against the permit, which was strongly opposed by the community. It won’t be the last test of how vulnerable our once-solid laws are.
Michigan should be strengthening, not undercutting, protections for our most valuable natural assets.