April 4, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 79

Great Lakes levels below normal next six months

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Water levels across most of the Great Lakes are likely to remain well below average for the next six months, posing continued hardships for commercial vessels and tourist towns that cater to recreational boaters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday.

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In this 2012 file photo, Jim Simons walks along a sand bar, exposed by low water levels, on the Portage Lake channel that leads to Lake Michigan at Onekama, Mich.

The lakes should undergo their usual rises during the warm season, helped by melting of abundant winter snowfall across the region’s northern tier, officials with the Detroit district office said. But it won’t be nearly enough to offset years of declining levels brought on by drought and stepped-up evaporat...