An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 26, 2007

Lake Michigan

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 5:53

Wisconsin residents shouldn’t ignore lower water levels in Lake Michigan

Low water levels impact many people. Property owners see the effect on the shorelines that can hamper water recreational activities. Boaters face the possibility of not being able to reach their own docks or being limited in their access to harbors. There is speculation that the lower water levels will cut into the vital fisheries industry – both for commercial and sport fishermen.

Sorry, I just can’t get bent out of shape over recreational activities on the Lake.

The situation will get worse before it gets better. Lower-than-average precipitation on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron this winter will affect the lake levels for the next few years. Lake Superior, which feeds into the other lakes, is only two inches above its all-time low level.

Fortunately, scientists aren’t just waiting to see what Mother Nature will do to correct a growing problem. The U.S. and Canadian governments spent $14 million last year to study the possibility that a dredging project on the Saint Clair River in 1960 might have poked a hole in the riverbed, leading to a steady drain from the lakes. The experts are trying to decide how to repair the hole, if it actually occurred.

In an age of instant fixes, I think it would be a good idea if folks would make the effort to remember that nature doesn’t work on our time table. Nature is going to do what nature wants. Spending millions of dollars isn’t going to bribe it to do otherwise. I don’t see the human race as nature’s repairman. Should we be concerned the water level is dropping? Sure, why not. We should also learn to adapt. We don’t control nature, we live by it.



  1. In a man vs. Mother Nature scenario, I’ll bet on Mother Nature every time!

    Comment by Anna — March 26, 2007 @ 7:36

  2. Guaranteed, she’ll whup some human hinder!

    Comment by olbroad — March 26, 2007 @ 6:54

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