Great Lakes Water Levels On the Rise

A very rainy fall and average snowpack around the Lake Superior basin should provide high water levels in the Great Lakes this spring, according to the US Army Corp of Engineers.

The news comes as a relief to many boaters and marinas in the area that have been plagued with difficult navigation and dockage problems due to low water levels and sediment build up, according to a Monday, 11 March report in the Bay City Times.

While a report in January said this year’s levels would be similar to last year, a new assessment said Lake Michigan and Lake Huron should rise about 8 inches from last year, and Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie should rise by about 5 inches.

While there isn’t a forecast for the Saginaw River and other tributaries, Keith Kompoltowicz, meteorologist at the Corps’ Detroit office told the paper that those water levels will likely rise as well.

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