Water Levels Still Below Average as Shipping Season Begins
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – As the 2013 Great Lakes shipping season begins, a water level forecast says shippers should expect continued low water levels for the next six months.
Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say while water levels are not expected to reach record lows, they are forecast to remain well below long-term averages.
Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior have been below average for 14 consecutive years, the longest stretch in their history, and all of the Great Lakes are below their long-term average.
The agency says the low lake levels are negatively affecting navigation on all the harbors on the Great Lakes. It says commercial vessels will begin the season continuing having to light load to avoid groundings.
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