Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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As eryka said, this has been happening forever to some degree. This was the worst one I've seen, but I'm usually not at the marina in the late fall.
The overall lake levels have been falling over recent years but that might be a cyclical thing. I've heard people blame global warming or say that the Illinois River drain to the Mississippi is "stealing" our water. I don't know enough to have an opinion on the subject though I don't believe this is in any way connected to the drought problems presently occurring in the southeastern USA.
Interesting reply Valiente, I had never heard about the locks being used to regulate the water levels.
Those grand fresh-water seas of ours - Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan, - possess an ocean-like expansiveness...They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles...they have heard the fleet thunderings of naval victories...they know what shipwrecks are, for out of sight of land, however inland, they have drowned full many a midnight ship with all its shrieking crew. --from Moby Dick