DETROIT (AP) -- A
wet spring season has experts predicting that summer water levels for the
Great Lakes could be higher than normal and above last year’s mark through
The Great Lakes
Hydraulics and Hydrology Office at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit
District announced Monday in its six-month water level forecast that summer
water levels on lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair and Erie will be
at their highest since 1996-1998.
precipitation on the Great Lakes and very wet conditions in the months of
April and May pushed levels higher than originally forecasted,” said Keith
Kompoltowicz, chief of Watershed Hydrology at the Army Corps Detroit
forecast data also show that as of Sunday, Lake Ontario is up nearly 3 feet
(nearly 1 meter) from the level it was at this time last year.
The lake exceeded
its highest elevation ever for June, which was set in 1952.
officials said that the water levels on Ontario are expected to continue
this month before they begin their seasonal decline.
“It would be great
for us if water levels stayed stable, but that never seems to happen,” said
Larry Taunt, commodore for the Muskegon Yacht Club, which may soon need to
raise its fixed docks to keep them above the water line at a cost of about
“We’re not there
yet, but we are looking at that,” he said.
The Army Corps
works with Environment and Climate Change Canada to release the official
recording of Great Lakes water levels has occurred since 1918.