As Great Lakes plummet, towns try to save harbors

Water levels on the Great Lakes are falling to worrisome lows because of drought and rising temperatures, causing problems in the shipping industry and in small communities with recreational harbors.
Associated Press
Nov 27, 2012

 

The water is at near-record lows on Lakes Michigan and Huron, while Erie, Ontario and Superior are below their historical averages. Cargo freighters have been forced to lighten loads, marinas have become too shallow for pleasure boats and weeds are sprouting on exposed bottomlands, chasing away swimmers and sunbathers.

Congress used to provide money to dredge channels and repair other infrastructure for small communities. But those special appropriations called "earmarks" have fallen out of favor.

That leaves small towns scrambling to find ways to attract recreational traffic such as fishing charters, sailing yachts and motorboats.

 

Comments

EdgeOfTheH20

It can be a challenge living on the edge

Eph 2 8-10

And in the 1970's we had too much water. All is cyclical.

Just Thinkin

What about all the water thats being taken buy other countries and being bottled by the millions of gallons, that has to lower the lakes some ?

SickOfTheStupidity

It's all draining through Niagara Falls....and that's Obama's fault...somehow.

Don S

When I was a young man, my grandfather, who lived around lake Erie his whole life, told me that the lakes had a cycle. A 7 year cycle, 7 years to go to high levels and 7 years to go to low levels. Then again, the the lack of rain and snow fall should have an affect on water levels, too....

Contango

If you've got nuthin' to worry about, wait a few minutes and the media will find sumpthin' for ya.

Kimo

The only answer for this problem is to pump out more water for fracking.

That will create jobs extending water treatment plant intakes.

Jobs Ohio will take credit for those construction jobs.

win.... win..... win......

Contango

Ya really oughta stay up on new technology, come into the 21st Century millionaire and quit worrying so much.

http://www.abtechindustries.com/

T. A. Schwanger

www.dnr.state.oh.us/geosurvey/ta... ------ is a great source of info regarding long-term changes in Lake Erie's water levels