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Study Planned On Dealing With Great Lakes Changes

With Great Lakes levels finally back to normal after a 15-year downturn, the University of Michigan plans research to help people in the region prepare for future ups and downs. The university’s Graham Sustainability Institute announced the program this week, as federal scientists reported that Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan and Erie are well above their long-term average levels. Lake Ontario is slightly below.

12/11/2014

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Great Lakes Water Level Slump Over, Future Unclear

Two unusually wet years have finally ended the lengthiest period on record of low Great Lakes water levels — a blessing for long-suffering cargo shippers and recreational boaters — although scientists said Tuesday it’s uncertain whether the recovery is temporary or heralds a trend.

12/10/2014

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Report: Great Lakes Levels Rebounded In 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes water levels rebounded sharply last year after a prolonged low period dating from the late 1990s. A report issued Tuesday says Lake Superior rose early two feet, almost twice as much ground as it usually gains during its seasonal rise

03/04/2014

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Great Lakes Levels Rise, But Slump Hasn’t Ended

Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it’s too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday.

11/20/2013

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Experts: Climate Primary Factor On Lake Levels

Placing water retention structures in the St. Clair River may not be enough to counteract the effects of a warming climate and raise Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels, experts said Monday.

09/09/2013

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Great Lakes Governors Seek Agreement On Invasives

Despite an unresolved dispute over Asian carp, states that surround the Great Lakes hope to develop a common strategy for battling invasive species during a meeting of governors and other top officials that began Friday.

05/31/2013

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Lower Great Lakes Levels Reveal Another Shipwreck

There’s been another report of a shipwreck uncovered off of Michigan because of lower Great Lakes water levels.

12/13/2012

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Coast Guard Begins Icebreaking On Great Lakes

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun ice breaking operations in response to colder temperatures and ice growth in the western Great Lakes region.

12/22/2011

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Students, Experts To Study Thunder Bay Shipwreck

Five high school students are teaming up with scientists and historians this month to study a shipwreck in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

05/17/2011

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