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Low Great Lakes Levels Bad News for Shippers

Posted at: 03/29/2013 12:31 PM

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Industry experts say shippers on the Great Lakes are being forced to leave cargo behind because water levels are too low.

A Green Bay Press-Gazette report says the U.S Army Corps of Engineers expects some relief for Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior. Those lake levels are expected to rise 2 to 4 inches over the next month.

But the corps says Lakes Michigan and Huron are still about 26 inches below their long-term monthly averages. Lake Superior is about 13 inches lower.

So shippers are leaving 9 percent to 15 percent of their cargo behind.

Ray Johnston is president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. At a symposium this week in Green Bay he said experts are studying the economic impacts of low water and considering next steps.

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Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette

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