Alaska residents battle Mendenhall River erosion on their own

Mendenhall Glacier taken from North Douglas Island - Juneau, AK 6/27/16. Photo courtesy Harold Frank.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Residents near the Mendenhall River are tackling bank erosion on their own after a federal plan fell through.

The Juneau Empire reports eight Mendenhall Valley homeowners are pursuing some kind of solution to protect the river bank. That includes the costly installation of netting and rocks.

Resident Norm Staton estimates he'll pay up to $50,000 to shore up the nearby riverbank.

Earlier this year, Juneau officials had worked on an erosion solution with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The plan was to combine federal and city funds with at least $78,000 from each homeowner to secure the shoreline for 26 area homes.

The deal fell through, however, in part because some residents balked at the cost commitment. In May, the Juneau Assembly rejected the plan by a 6-3 vote.

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