Great Lakes water levels

6:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Michigan Senate committee approves Great Lakes dredging for grant money

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Lawmakers want to change policy which has kept grant funding from Natural Resources Trust Fund from being used for dredging.
LANSING -- Great Lakes dredging would become a suitable project for the state Natural Resources Trust Fund to consider when passing out annual grants, according to legislation passed Thursday by the state Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee.
11:24 am
Wed March 13, 2013

House committee approves money for emergency harbor dredging

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Historically low lake levels have made dredging necessary in many harbors
LANSING - Emergency dredging in the Great Lakes moved a step closer to reality Wednesday when the House Appropriations committee approved spending $20.9 million to clear 49 bays and harbors.
6:37 am
Fri March 8, 2013

$21-million approved by state Senate for harbor dredging

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Bill now heads to the House, where it's considered likely to pass.
Lansing - State lawmakers on Thursday took first steps to help harbors and marinas suffering from record-low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Michigan Senate approved spending $21 million on emergency dredging of 49 public harbors along the Great Lakes before the summer boating season gets under way.
8:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Lake levels up slightly in February, but still below average

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Increase due to above average precipitation. But small increase doesn't diminish need for dredging harbors
Above average precipitation in February helped boost the water level of Lakes Michigan and Huron, according to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. February's water level was 576.15 feet, an increase of 2 inches from January's all-time record low, according to the Corps.
6:37 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Low lake levels lead to scramble for money to dredge harbors

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Water levels at or near historic lows threatens shipping industry and tourism.
So much of Pentwater's well-being hinges on the channel - the 2,500-foot-long entryway from Lake Michigan to the harbor. The channel brings in boats. The boats bring in visitors. The visitors bring in money. And the money sustains the village's shops, restaurants and vacation rental business.