High waters are an increasingly urgent problem of late, and only add to the complexity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marinas around the state are feeling the effects, along with the boaters who use them.

Many municipal marinas have been applying for emergency repair funds from Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), according to notes from a Michigan State Waterways Commission meeting in late April. At least seven state-operated or supported marinas are experiencing problems due to high water levels, and have requested over $1.7 million in emergency repairs, collectively.

About the writer: Gregory Manni wrote this op-ed for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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