Another year of record high water expected for Great Lakes

May 06, 2020, 9:53 AM

We're not going to make any "hi, water" wordplay here, but if you live near or on a shoreline on the Great Lakes, you might be getting better acquainted with the too-abundant resource. 

Belle Isle's Blue Heron Lagoon shoreline was completely submerged last year, and remains so. (Photo: Michael Lucido)

Another year of record-high water is expected in Lakes Huron and Michigan, which are considered the same lake for hydrology purposes. 

The Detroit News reports:

Lake Michigan and Huron will see water levels rise 10 inches above average levels recorded at the same time last year and 2 inches higher than the highest monthly average on record for May.

Water levels forecast for May 1 were above their levels of one year ago for Lake Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie, while Lakes Superior and Ontario are below last year's levels, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit.

The levels on lakes Michigan and Huron, which are measured as one body of water, and St. Clair and Erie are predicted to be 10, 2, and 3 inches, respectively, above their levels last year.

Beyond shoreline erosion, marina owners may expect to have headaches, as rising water threatens docks and, in particular, electrical hookups at boat slips. 

Read more:  The Detroit News

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