Date of Award

4-1984

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor

Dr. Henry A. Raup

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles F. Heller

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This research retrospectively evaluates the development of inland lake seawalls in southwestern Michigan. The objective was to look at physically induced phenomena and human induced phenomena, to determine which was most responsible for the need, and large numbers of inland lake seawalls in this region. In addition, the role of the Department of Natural Resources in inland lake seawall development was evaluated.

The findings, obtained through questionnaires, were compared to data from seawalls installed along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, and showed that man's activity in the littoral zone was the fundamental rationale behind the installation on inland lake seawalls. This finding varies greatly from the rationale used for the construction of seawalls along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, where physically induced phenomena dictate the need for seawalls. The outcome of the development of inland lake seawalls in southwestern Michigan has been largely impacted by the guidance of the Department of Natural Resources.

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