Locals react to lower water level forecast

Juan Palermo, who was at the Harbor Island boat launch on Tuesday, said he is concerned about the lower water levels. A resident of Grand Rapids, Palermo said he uses the Grand Haven launch often in the summer. "I get concerned when water levels get low,' he said. "I wonder if I will be able to safely launch my boat or not, and if it will impact my friends who have boats as well.'
Alex Doty
Apr 7, 2011


According to reports issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the forecasted level of Lake Michigan for April 1 was 576.94 feet above sea level. This is about 7 inches below the charted level of 577.5 feet, 9 inches below its level a year ago, and 21 inches below its long-term average.

Through September, water levels on Lake Michigan are predicted to be 6-9 inches below last year’s levels, the corps reports.
With the water levels expected to be below chart datum during the next several months, users of the Great Lakes and its connecting channels are being asked to keep informed of current conditions, and utilize navigation charts and current water level readings.

Local officials are monitoring water levels in Lake Michigan and on local waterways.

While it looks OK for boaters who utilize the Grand Haven Municipal Marina, City Community Affairs Manager Sandy Katt said officials are looking more closely at conditions at the boat launch.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



With all the snow and rain we have had the past several years it's disturbing to think what is causing our water levels to diminish. There is plenty of conspiracy talk as to the draining of Lake Michigan and routing our water supply to state's in need, but who knows ?

Remember back in the 70's when cottages were dropping into the lake, and waves were hitting the beach house at the Grand Haven State Park ! We now have plenty of beach front !


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