Great Lakes water levels

8:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Lake levels up slightly in February, but still below average

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

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.
6:40 am
Mon February 18, 2013

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

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.

Read more
6:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Snyder reluctant to tap "rainy day fund" for dredging

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.