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Saugatuck Dunes Save Our Shoreline

$8,505 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 2 months


The Saugatuck Dunes in Saugatuck Michigan are being threatened again. Help us Save our Saugatuck Shoreline from a 50-yacht marina for 100'+ yachts.

 
The proposed marina would add nearly triple the legal number of boats at the most congested part of the Kalamazoo River making navigation unsafe, harming the character of the dunes, and threatening the unique interdunal wetlands. The proposed marina violates local zoning that clearly states, ‘In no event shall a canal or channel be excavated for the purpose of increasing the waterfrontage.’ 

Together we can continue the fight to enforce local, state, and federal laws that protect our water, our sand, our beaches and other navigational, historical, ecological, cultural, recreational, educational resources– all at the undeveloped mouth of the Kalamazoo River.  

What is Our  Challenge?

We need to raise $150,000 to cover legal fees to defend our community investments from illegal development. Together we can protect this iconic Great Lakes water-landscape.

How big is the  "Marina"?

The 50-yacht private marina - really a huge trench -  would be as big as 5.5 football fields, would be 18' deep, and would mean removing 241,750 cubic yards of sand - and putting it somewhere


If you were to walk out your front door in the morning, 
what would this much sand look like?

Well,
75 Olympic Swimming pools
Or - 20,000 dump trucks
Or - a football field 90 feet tall

What else is at risk?
"...such as a Native American burial ground believed to be on the site. (There are many) other unresolved concerns about interdunal wetlands being at risk, the basin and subsequent structures altering the site’s natural hydrology, filter/pumps needed to circulate basin water may harm resident wildlife, buried toxic hazards may remain from the former Broward Marine yacht manufacturing plant on the site (not cited in claims about the land’s prior archeological heritage or significance) and improper influence." The Commercial Record

Who We Are
The The Coastal Alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations working cooperatively to protect and preserve the natural geography, historical heritage, and rural character of the Saugatuck Dunes coastal region in the Kalamazoo River Watershed, beginning with the Saugatuck Dunes.

The Coastal Alliance is represented by Olson/Bzdok/Howard of Traverse City and the Environmental Law & Policy Center. We work closely with a team of scientists, biologists, planners, conservation designers, historians, geohydrologists, marina consultants, GIS cartographers, and graphic designers.

The Wild Heart of Saugatuck

WE NEED YOUR HELP to stop the threats to the law, to the purity & safety of our sand & water, and to the safe navigation of boats in the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan river mouth.

RECENT: Patty Birkholz passed away in May 2018. The Coastal Alliance sends its deepest sympathies to Patty’s family and the community at large. We are also humbled and grateful that the Alliance is one of the three organizations that her family has requested donations to in her honor. We hope you will consider this at either gofundme.com/save-our-saugatuck-shoreline or at saugatuckdunescoastalalliance.com.

All of donations are being used to enforce the local and state laws aimed at protecting the Patricia Birkholz Natural Area from the impacts of the proposed marina development.

Her legacy is so deep and inspiring. We are so much better for all she did and so bereft at losing her way too soon. To know Patty was to be filled with strength and love. We send our heartfelt wishes to our champion's family and to all of those that have been inspired by her life.

Her obituary can be found at https://dykstrafuneralhome.com/obituaries/patty-birkholz.122023.

Thank you - whatever you can give will help.

If you give $125 or more we will be happy to send you a copy of our lovely coffee table book, The Saugatuck Dunes; Artists Respond to a Freshwater Landscape . Click to take a look insider the book :)



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We have lost a precious champion and inspiration

It is with both sadness and gratitude that the Coastal Alliance shares with you the news that our great champion, Patty Birkholz, passed away May 3, 2018.

Many of you already know this, but some may not.
Patty was a staunch supporter of the Coastal Alliance from the very beginning and a great friend and advocate right to the end. From her days on the Saugatuck Township board to State Representative and State Senator and on to being Director of the Office of the Great Lakes and then West Michigan Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Patty always fought with fortitude and a bi-partisan approach to preserving Michigan’s lakes, dunes, and special places.

The Saugatuck Dunes State Park Natural Area was renamed the Patricia Birkholz Natural Area in 2009. Patty worked nearly her entire adult life to protect the Saugatuck Dunes from inappropriate development. Most recently, Patty provided a signed affidavit to support the Coastal Alliance appeal of the Township's approval of the proposed marina plan, as well as our Nuisance Per Se suit against Padnos's North Shores of Saugatuck. Patty's affidavit detailed the many threats of the proposed marina development to her beloved Natural Area.

The Coastal Alliance sends its deepest sympathies to Patty’s family and the community at large. We are also humbled and grateful that the Alliance is one of the three organizations that her family has requested donations to in her honor. We hope you will consider this at either gofundme.com/save-our-saugatuck-shoreline or at saugatuckdunescoastalalliance.com.

All of donations are being used to enforce the local and state laws aimed at protecting the Patricia Birkholz Natural Area from the impacts of the proposed marina development.

Her legacy is so deep and inspiring. We are so much better for all she did and so bereft at losing her way too soon. To know Patty was to be filled with strength and love. We send our heartfelt wishes to our champion's family and to all of those that have been inspired by her life.

Her obituary can be found at https://dykstrafuneralhome.com/obituaries/patty-birkholz.122023.
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180+ years of history in the Saugatuck Dunes. This article from May 19, 2018 will give you lots of background about our beloved dunes.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/05/history_of_singapore_dunes.html

Thank you for giving to support our effort!!!
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$8,505 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance
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