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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:57 PM

As Great Lakes levels plummet, towns try to save harbors

November 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm
As Great Lakes levels plummet, towns try to save harbors
By John Flesher
AP Environmental Writer


Onekama, Mich. For more than a century, easy access to Lake Michigan has made Onekama a popular place for summer visitors and a refuge for boaters fleeing dangerous storms. Now the community itself needs a rescue, from slumping lake levels that threaten its precious link to open water.

The Great Lakes, the world's biggest freshwater system, are shrinking because of drought and rising temperatures, a trend that accelerated with this year's almost snowless winter and scorching summer.

Water levels have fallen to near-record lows on Lakes Michigan and Huron, while Erie, Ontario and Superior are below their historical averages. The decline is causing heavy economic losses, with cargo freighters forced to lighten their loads, marinas too shallow for pleasure boats and weeds sprouting on exposed bottomlands, chasing away swimmers and sunbathers.

Some of the greatest suffering is in small tourist towns that lack the economic diversity of bigger port cities. Yet they are last in line for federal money to deepen channels and repair infrastructure to support the boating traffic that keeps them afloat.

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From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/METRO/211270422#ixzz2DTxVxlyh

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:26 AM

1. The proper responses would be

retaining water at mouths of Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario via some form of dam.

There's no point in flushing it all down the St. Lawrence Seaway, when the arctic ice is already filling the ocean.

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