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Alternate efforts considered to boost Great Lakes levels

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TRAVERSE CITY (WKZO) -- In an effort to boost water levels in Lakes Huron and Michigan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may add structures to the St. Clair River.

Low water levels on the two Great Lakes have broken records over the past two months, and have been near record lows for the last several months.  The St. Clair River, at the southern end of Lake Huron, has been dredged over the years to deepen the navigational channel which allowed more water to flow out of the two connected Great Lakes

Keith Kompoltowicz, the watershed hydrology chief with the Army corps district office in Detroit, says Congress authorized the corps some time ago to put structures in the river to slow the outflow, but nothing happened.  He says the corps is considering asking Congress for funding to study whether such action should be taken.

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