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Old 02-06-2013
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Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

Maybe i should have bought the C/B model.... :-)
Not expecting a problem here in Chicago/Monroe harbor, but bad are Michigan (the state) harbors?
http://news.yahoo.com/2-great-lakes-hit-lowest-water-level-record-233716573.html
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

Check this out: Great Lakes Water Level Observations
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

There's been an SN discussion about Great Lakes low waters going on for a while now.
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

Those dang Canadian water thiefs!


Seriously though, this is going to be tough for the lake front business' who rely on boat traffic.
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

It has been tough for the ice fishing business, on lake erie at least. It's all related- warm winter means less snow, less snow means less run off to the lakes, warmer temps means the lake doesn't freeze up, with no ice cap the lake water evaporates, etc.,
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low



The above picture is recent from Saugatuck Michigan, Lake Kalamoazoo about 3 miles inland from the pier heads of Lake Michigan. Lake Kalamazoo is feed by the Kalamazoo River. It is a very popular destination for cruising boaters. It always has been a shallow lake, but the exposed bottom is generally a foot or two below the water. Remote places like this are in very serious trouble.

The problem is, where do the funds come for dredging? From what I understand, the federal government has recently cut back on dredging.

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/...edging?photo=0

I am very lucky in that our marina is on a lake that is dredged annual.
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

And up here in Central Canada, Lake Winnipeg and Manitoba (two big lakes in the center of map) are well over capacity. We're building new channels to get the water out. Combine that with more snow then we've seen since 1996, it should be a hell of a spring thaw...
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

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And up here in Central Canada, Lake Winnipeg and Manitoba (two big lakes in the center of map) are well over capacity. We're building new channels to get the water out. Combine that with more snow then we've seen since 1996, it should be a hell of a spring thaw...
Dig those ditches to the Great Lakes, please...
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

I would like to see a study on how much water is being drained and sent to the farmers of the Midwest and California over the last two decades.
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Re: Lake Michigan and Huron levels historic low

When I hear about stuff like this, I can't help but think about the Aral Sea.

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Different circumstances, but still a bit scary.
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