Great Lakes water levels on the rise

The water levels of the Great Lakes in the Midwestern United States increased in 2009, new data show.

The Detroit News said the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data shows water levels at Lake Superior and the Michigan-Huron lake system increased by as much as 9 inches compared to a year ago.

Meanwhile, Lake Erie’s water levels increased by an inch compared to 2008 figures.

As of the end of November, historical water levels were found at Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan/Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Superior, Army Corps data show.

Doug Martz, the St. Clair Channel keeper, told the News while Lake St. Clair was an inch below 2008 water levels, he is hopeful higher water levels are due in 2010.

“If we have good ice cover on the Great Lakes and get a lot of snow in the Upper Peninsula this winter, I have no doubt that by spring that the water levels will be back to where they used to be,” Martz said.

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