Lake levels won’t fix themselves

Lake levels have been a hot issue of late, with record lows this past winter and boaters wondering how this season will be impacted.
May 20, 2013


An international group recently looked at the issue of low water levels and what could be done to try and amend the situation.

The Joint International Commission called for a study to explore the impact of placing inflatable gates or other devices in the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron as a way to stop outflow from the lake.

Officials say dredging, mining and other human activities eroded the river bottom in the last century, accelerating the outflow from Lake Huron toward Lake Erie. Lake Michigan is also drained via its connection to the other Great Lakes.

Not everyone signed off on the study’s suggestions to put man-made structures in the lake to combat water levels. Some U.S. representatives say it might gives “false hopes” of a fix.

With millions of dollars on the line as a result of drops in lake levels, this issue has significant impact, more than just in regards to a recreational boating trip.

We strongly urge leaders from both the U.S. and Canada to realize that some action is better than no action.

Let’s come up with a solution that will make a splash and help the Great Lakes. While climate change may have some impact on the level of the lakes, we cannot throw our hands up and leave it all to Mother Nature to fix. We need to explore man-made options for normalizing water levels.

We urge state and federal officials to think big and prioritize this issue. Something must be done to stop the drain.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



True as the heading says, 'Lake levels wont fix themselves'..


One has to wonder just how much water the Spring Lake Country Club will be taking from Spring Lake with their new intake that is now being installed..Look like at leats a 24 inch intake pipe.


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