Great Lakes water levels

6:44 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Low lake levels could mean loss of millions for coastal communities

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South Haven harbormaster is among those that expect lost revenue because of record low water levels in Great Lakes
Michigan's coastal communities could lose millions of dollars this year, after water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron hit record lows over the winter. Whether via slip fees, shipping, commercial fishing, licenses, real estate or tourism, the state's $7-billion boating economy, which includes about 800,000 licensed boats and about 500,000 jobs, is bracing to take hits.
9:14 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

State House approves funding for emergency dredging

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Dredging needed because of record-low water levels in Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes
LANSING -- The state House of Representatives voted 107-3 Wednesday to provide $20.9 million for emergency dredging in 49 harbors and bays in the Great Lakes. The bill also appropriated $23 million for 76 projects paid for by the Natural Resources Trust Fund.
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.

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