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Project Push Back and Grow

$8,830 of $28,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 24 months
The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are on the move. Over the years, 7 cottages along the west side of the lake have been taken over by the sand dunes and this spring marked the 8th that was destroyed by the beautiful, but powerful, dunes. (See the pictures and story at bottom of page.)

The cottage owner closest to the dune has always managed and paid for the maintenance of moving the sand each spring. However, as the wind patterns have shifted, the amount of sand that blows onto all the neigboring properties has increased so much  that it now must be hauled off site.  

Several of the cottage owners closest to the dune have joined together to manage and pay for the removal of the sand.  Yet, hauling the sand off site is cost prohibitive for the group of cottage owners on their own.

The removal of the sand is our only chance at saving our cottages. 

We are asking community members and those who have a special place in their heart for Silver Lake to consider donating toward this cause. 100 % of the money raised through Project Push Back and Grow will be used for sand removal and sand movement prevention.

Please share this page! Together we can save this lovely place we call paradise. Let's all make sure that family and friends will be able to enjoy Silver Lake for many generations to come!  

We will report all progress here for your viewing. Success of this project will depend on community involvement and donations.

Commitee Members:  
David & Sue Dressler, 
Dan & Barb Behm, Tom & Dee Mathison,
Denise & Karen Swanson, Greg & Becky Dewind



Our goal is to PUSH BACK the invasion of the dunes by removing and transporting sand to an alternate location and GROW community involvement by working together to save our cottages.

STORY OF DRESSLER FAMILY COTTAGE

Beautiful Silver Lake Sand Dunes 
But look close - zoom in on this photo to see the sand encroaching on the Dressler Family Cottage!
 

November 2016
Dressler Family Cottage

February 2017
Dressler Family Cottage covered by sand 

MARCH  2017 
Dressler Family Cottage destroyed in three short months
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Update:

We will not give up on our community effort. We have been told by Senator Hansens office that they are in contact with the DEQ & DNR.

What is happening now is a temporary hold on our work. The DEQ has requested more money for a "special exception" permit and more detailed paper work to be completed. All this will be turned in by the end of this week.

No one should have to lose an investment of home and property or such a beautiful area like Silver Lake for all to enjoy. We must be pro-active and work together. This campaign is in place for our community to take a stand. There are ways to prevent the sand from taking over the homes and Silver Lake. We must act NOW and not sit back and watch the State of Michigan ignore fixing this issue as in years past. As long as we do not hold the State accountable they will continue to let the community & Silver Lake be drowned by the sand.

All funds collected to date have be utilized for clearing the sand off location. We need more funding to continue our work. This project will cost about $28,000. AND ....... We will get back to work!!

We need to trust that the State of Michigan will do the right thing and be more pro active in protecting Silver Lake & the community for future generations.
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Update:

We will not give up on our community effort. We have been told by Senator Hansens office that they are in contact with the DEQ & DNR.

What is happening now is a temporary hold on our work. The DEQ has requested more money for a "special exception" permit and more detailed paper work to be completed. All this will be turned in by the end of this week.

No one should have to lose an investment of home and property or such a beautiful area like Silver Lake for all to enjoy. We must be pro-active and work together. This campaign is in place for our community to take a stand. There are ways to prevent the sand from taking over the homes and Silver Lake. We must act NOW and not sit back and watch the State of Michigan ignore fixing this issue as in years past. As long as we do not hold the State accountable they will continue to let the community & Silver Lake be drowned by the sand.

All funds collected to date have be utilized for clearing the sand off location. We need more funding to continue our work. This project will cost about $28,000. AND ....... We will get back to work!!

We need to trust that the State of Michigan will do the right thing and be more pro active in protecting Silver Lake & the community for future generations.
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This has been an emotional roller coaster ride for all of us as we continue to try to save our cottages. We are making great progress at removing the sand as you can see in the picture. Our biggest day was removing and transporting 43 loads of sand at 25 yards each - that is over 1,000 yards! It is costing approximately $1,500 per day which is a fraction of the normal cost. We are almost half complete and are projecting approximately 10 more days of intensive work to complete the sand removal goal for this year. It is looking more and more likely that we can save our cottages, but the annual cost at this point is unsustainable. We do think that we will figure it out as we are working with an MSU professor, the DEQ, and the DNR to find creative ways to better manage the sand. Thank you so much for your support! Every dollar counts. I will continue to send updates as we make progress.
Making great progress!
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UPDATE - July 5, 2017
We were originally given a rough estimate of $80,000 to have the sand removed. We have secured a sand removal team that will save us a considerable amount of money! One of the cottage owners is allowing us to use a front end loader during times when it is not being used by his business. This will save us approximately $15,000 this season alone! The front end loader is being operated by a local friend that is donating most of his time. We have two high capacity dump truck operators that are providing their services at deeply discounted rates. In addition, we found a new location to bring the sand to that is only 2 ½ miles away. As a result of these savings we are able to move 900 yards of sand a day (when two dump trucks are operating) for only $1,500 per day!
As a result of these savings, we have lowered our campaign goal from $100,000 to $28,000, which would cover sand removal for the 2017 season. If we use less than $28,000 this year, we will use the additional money for sand removal in the spring of 2018.
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