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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron are nearly at record low levels because of drought and evaporation.
Superstorm Sandy is so vast it’s kicking up near record-high waves of 20 feet out on Lake Michigan, several hundred miles from the center of the storm that’s pounding the East Coast.
Lake Michigan water levels are down 11 inches from 2011, and record low levels could be ahead if the drought persists.
The U.S. Coast Guard says crews searching Lake Michigan for two missing boaters have found a body and a debris field in the waters off West Michigan.