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Presque Isle to get $1.5M in federal money for sand replacement

Wes Venteicher
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 11:03 a.m.
Early season vacationers should be mindful of the risks of swimming in cold water, says the National Center for Cold Water Safety. The Lake Erie water temperature near Erie and Presque Isle (pictured) was 54 degrees on May 29, 2018.
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Early season vacationers should be mindful of the risks of swimming in cold water, says the National Center for Cold Water Safety. The Lake Erie water temperature near Erie and Presque Isle (pictured) was 54 degrees on May 29, 2018.

Lake Erie's Presque Isle State Park is getting $1.5 million in federal money to replace sand this summer.

Work could start in about four weeks at the Pennsylvania destination that attracts about 4 million visitors a year, the Erie Times-News reported .

The sand naturally erodes from the park's beaches, requiring regular resupplies. The state has matched federal money for the sand replacement in the past, according to the Times-News.

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, and Bob Casey, D-Scranton, sent a letter this year to the Army Corps of Engineers encouraging the Corps to dedicate funding for the sand. The senators emphasized the region's contributions to the state's economy in statements Monday.

The Buffalo District of the Army Corps dedicated the money as part of a $30.52 million spending package that includes money for projects in Ohio and New York. It was approved Monday.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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