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Water Levels Rising On Great Lakes

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After all of the rain and flooding in West Michigan, it should come as no surprise that water levels on the Great Lakes are rising.

That’s good news.

The bad news – it might not last.

A combination of melting snow and massive rainfall has lead to a rise in the water levels of our Great Lakes this spring.

The rise is good, but it’s only a small fraction of what we need to restore the Great Lakes to “normal”.

Hollandsentinel.com reports:

Lake Michigan-Huron — the lakes are treated as one because they are joined at the Straits of Mackinac — was up 6 inches for the month so far.

The March level of Lake Michigan-Huron was 576.21 feet above sea level — that’s 26 inches below the long-term average, 15 inches below a year ago and 2 inches above the record low, according to Corps records.

A good start, but a long ways to go and the experts aren’t sure how long it will last.

Here’s more detailed information on the current and projected water levels of the Great Lakes.

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