Coast Guard seeking public comment on Manistee North Pierhead Light solarization

CLEVELAND – To facilitate public participation, the Coast Guard is inviting the public to comment on the replacement of the sub-cable with solar panels and an LED lantern in the Manistee North Pierhead Light in Manistee, Michigan.

On June 7th, 2013, the sub-cable supplying power to the Manistee North Pierhead Light was destroyed by severe weather, making this a safety concern for all mariners.

On June 15th, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard temporarily installed two solar panels and an LED-lantern to light the aid to navigation and provide power to the fog signal, making it safe for mariners to again enter and exit the harbor.

For environmental stewardship, Coast Guard policy is to discontinue sub-cable use whenever an acceptable solar power system is achievable.

The action taken will not have an adverse affect to the structure as no penetrations were made to the structure and the lens that was replaced is not a historic/classic lens.

Comments regarding this project can be addressed within 30 days of this notice to Mr. Wayne Kean, U. S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit, Cleveland, Ohio 216- 902-6258 or

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