Low Lake Levels, Not Good
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
Green Bay-- The Army Corps of Engineers measures the water level in Lake Michigan at 26 inches below its long-term monthly average. If we have a dry spring it's possible to reach record low water levels. That said, low levels are already causing problems for commercial shipping, leisure boating and public safety.
But the low lake levels do not make sense to Larry LaBine, "We were praying for a cold, snowy winter and we got that..." Yet as the snow pack continues to melt the water line at the Green Bay Yacht Club has barely bunged. Some larger sail boats have already been turned away because the club's dock is just too shallow. "Flat out told them, there is no way we can get them in here," LaBine recalled.
John Alexander of the U.S. Coast Guard said one of the biggest concerns is fishermen and recreational boaters will run aground more often if the lake doesn't rise.