Snyder said many Michigan residents don't realize the severity of the problems caused by low water. Lake Michigan's level at the end of October 2012 was more than 2 feet below its long-term average.
The governor said he could propose something when he unveils his next state budget on Feb. 7. He said a long-term solution is needed to improve Michigan's Great Lakes harbors.
Snyder made his comments Friday in Grand Rapids at the annual meeting of the Michigan Press Association. About 30 people from various groups protested outside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, where the association held its annual convention.
Shirley Kallio said she wanted to express her concern over a right-to-work law signed last month. She said she's not a union member, but believes "strong unions benefit all of us."
The law, passed in the last days of the 2011-12 Legislature and signed into law by Snyder last month, gives workers the option of not supporting a union. Snyder said he believes it will bring more jobs to the state.