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Lake Levels On The Rise, But Still Far Below Average

By JoshMogerman in News on Mar 3, 2013 9:30PM

Lake Michigan from the South Shore Cultural Center [Josh Koonce]

Snow here, and lots of snow elsewhere in the region (this has been the fourth wettest winter in Milwaukee’s history), has nudged Lake Michigan’s water levels up slightly. Since we have re-written the record books for low water levels in the last two months, it is surprisingly positive news

Despite predictions of a continued dip, Army Corps of Engineers’ data show levels nudging back above historic lows. That’s more water for ice balls and brave polar bears, but the situation is still pretty dismal with Lakes Michigan and Huron more than two feet below their average (they have been low for 14 years now). It will take a drastic increase in levels to offset the lingering impacts on shipping, tourism and the Chicago River resulting from the drought that still grips parts of the Midwest.

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