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.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation earlier this week creating a $21 million program to deepen Michigan harbors that could become impassable to boats as parts of the Great Lakes hover near historically low levels.
Plans are moving forward for a hiking and biking trail from Belle Isle park in Detroit to Ironwood on the Wisconsin boundary in the western Upper Peninsula.
Several varieties of Asian carp have infested the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries.
An ice island that’s formed off Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is attracting attention.
The effectiveness of a long-term plan to heal the ailing Great Lakes could be marred by federal spending cuts, which also could make it harder to cope with low water levels that threaten the region’s economy.
Gov. Rick Snyder will call for spending $11 million this year to dredge Michigan harbors in danger of losing their connections to open water because of low Great Lakes levels.
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning that warmer temperatures over the next few days are likely to cause unsafe ice conditions on Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.
Officials say several cabins have been destroyed and a firefighter hurt in a blaze at a resort in southwestern Michigan.
Government planners from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin anticipate being among those meeting this week to work on plans for a proposed 1,640-mile trail network around Lake Michigan.