When most people look out into the Harbor they think of it’s beauty or recreational offerings. Our Harbor is almost more importantly an economic drive for Benton Harbor and Southwest Michigan as a whole. This article and feature from ABC 57 goes in depth on that economic impact our Harbor has on our area.

Congressman Fred Upton and local leaders explained Monday just how impactful regular dredging of the Saint Joseph Harbor is for Berrien County.

“Using the money, frankly, from the Harbor Maintenance Fund keeps our communities alive, and obviously, a huge impact on jobs,” said Upton, who represents Michigan’s 6th District.

At Dock 63 in Benton Harbor, mountains of gravel stand next to a supply of road salt.

All of it was brought to Berrien County thanks to the water.

“The last boat that came in brought in 400 truckloads in one single load,” said Pete Berghoff, the owner of Dock 63.

Upton explained Monday that the more shipments that can come to Berrien County, the more federal funding for dredging becomes available.

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