Brandenburg: Higher lake water levels a boon for 8th District, state

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg said Thursday that news of increased levels on the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair is great news for Michigan’s tourism, boating, fishing and shipping industries.

A recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report indicates that Lake St. Clair is 11 inches above last year’s level, while Lakes Superior, and Michigan and Huron are 6 and 20 inches higher, respectively. The corps predicts all five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair will continue to rise throughout spring and into the summer months.

“Higher water levels on Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes benefits everyone — from commercial shipping and fishing vessels, to recreational boaters, sailors and fishermen, to tourists enjoying Michigan’s world-class beaches,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, recipient of the Boating Industry Association 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. “Not too long ago we were facing record low lake levels, so this is great news.”

In 2013, the corps reported Lakes Michigan and Huron had reached their lowest levels on record, dating back to 1918. Erie, Superior and Ontario were also well below average that year as well.

To read the complete U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, visit this website.