We need answers to receding lake levels

In your editorial section dated February 23, is a commentary by the Grand Haven Tribune which caught my eye and is very alarming. It’s about the continuing low water levels in the Great Lakes. It mentions that the Georgian Bay Association of Canada has done a study and indicated that the decline in water levels is tied to a hole in the St. Clair River caused by river bed mining near Port Huron.

What’s alarming is their study indicates that more than two billion gallons of water a day is being hemorrhaged out of the Lake Michigan and Huron system and on its way to the Atlantic.

Past news articles have blamed dredging and other reasons in the southern part of both Lake Michigan and Huron. Our government thinks the answer to the low levels is dredging. I don’t think so as it will be a temporary fix. If the Lakes are being abused somewhere they will drop further, and then more dredging will be required. I would rather see the money going into the problem of why they are receding so fast. It’s very easy to blame the weather as the number one cause, but the precipitation has been on a slight down and up cycle and it has not really been that dry for the lakes to recede that far.

During the warm weather months driving by Squaw Bay one can see the water line is getting further and further out. A few years ago it looked like it was coming back in as I could see large ponds forming close to US-23. I urge all interests to write both your federal and state representatives and demand that a swift and thorough investigation be conducted as property values and the fishing industry continues to decline.

Robert Colarusso