Great Lakes water levels

6:40 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Shipping industry sees increased cargo but faces challenge of lower water levels

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Increase in cargo seen as sign of economic improvement, but low lake levels could present a problem in moving freight.
As industrial operations across the country spring back to life after the recession, the Great Lakes shipping industry has seen an uptick in cargo levels. At the same time, there are several factors that could threaten the rebound, including problems with low lake levels and dredging of waterways.
Great Lakes Harbors
8:51 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Senators seek more money for harbor dredging

South Haven harbor - file photo
Credit The Associated Press

A group of Republican state Senators wants to increase the amount that Michigan plans to spend on harbor dredging this year. State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is part of the group that wants to spend another $10-million to $12-million in addition to the $22-million in Governor Snyder's proposed budget.

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6:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Snyder reluctant to tap "rainy day fund" for dredging

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Republican state Senators want more money to dredge ports and harbors in Michigan.
Visitors to Leland's Fishtown on the Leelanau Peninsula are accustomed to the sight of large sailboats grounded on sandbars near the entrance to the Leland Harbor. For eight years, grounded boats have captivated tourists, embarrassed sailors and aggravated Harbormaster Russell Dzuba, who gets midnight calls from stranded boaters.
9:07 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers look for additional money for harbor dredging

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State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is among those proposing state use money from rainy day fund for dredging.
Lansing - The state Senate is considering taking $30 million from Michigan's rainy day fund for emergency dredging of harbors and waterways this year to relieve shallows that threaten the state's boating industry as a result of historic low levels in the Great Lakes.
7:29 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Water level of Lake Michigan sets new record low

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Below average snow of winter of 2011-12 and hot dry summer are contributing factors.
Record low levels expected to continue for several months; state looking at ways to rescue harbors