Low Water Level Issue Being Addressed in State House
The Michigan House this week is expected to vote on a key part of an effort to quickly address the low lake level problem in Michigan waters.
Supporters of the effort say industry is hampered significantly by the low levels, and emergency dredging is needed in many areas. The bill appropriates $21 million on dredging in 49 areas around Michigan.
Part of the effort could include using Natural Resources Trust Fund money, a proposal that’s opposed by many environmental groups.
There are other bills moving through the legislature that also deal with the problem, such as lowering fees, waiving required public hearings and cutting permit fees.