1968 Columbia 50
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Allegan, Michigan
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Re: Great Lakes water levels
The levels have been rising, pretty dramatically over the last 18 months. Last winter it was so cold most of the great lakes surface area froze over, resulting in very little evaporation. The spring had an unbelievable amount of rain, which continued into the summer, and into the fall. I closed our pool in mid-September, and since then it has filled back in around 15", much more than normal. We had several multi-day rains, but very little snowfall this winter. January closed out 3" above the previous record, hopefully we get some major evaporation, as this is THE major way that water levels will drop, which hasn't been the case lately. If things go up much in the spring things will get much worse than they have been..and they have been bad.
The governor is petitioning the fed. gov't to give the coastline, and the harbor cities a designation of a Federal Emergency, which will allow funds to be used to affect repairs, and mitigation. The East side of Lake Michigan has lost significant amounts of beach frontage, and now even dunes are being totally eroded and wiped out. In many places there used to be 40' or more of actual beach, where now that beach is gone, and the dunes that were behind them, are now disappearing as well, along with the homes/parks/roadways that front Lake Michigan. Homes that have been there for 80+ years are now having to be torn down, before they fall into the lake.
It's bad, and expected to get much worse...before it gets better, whenever that may be in the foreseeable future.
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