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OutrageMan posted 12-06-2001 11:13 AM ET (US)   Profile for OutrageMan   Send Email to OutrageMan  
Well, it looks as if we my have reaced the end of the decline of water levels for Lake Michigan. It appears as if current levels are 6 inches higher than this time last year. Read the report at:

http://huron.lre.usace.army.mil/levels/weekly.html

While this has been nice for the repair shops at boat yards, and providing more habitat for those damned Cormoranes (the most destructive and filthy waterfoul ever to live), it will be nice to see the Door County Peninsula come back from being a glorified swamp.

Brian

Buckda posted 12-06-2001 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I hope you're right, but think it's too early to cast a vote. If the weather remains mild and we don't continue to get "wet" precipitation, the lakes will lose water again through outflow and evaporation. The icecap on the lake during winter months is one of the most important ways that we conserve water from evaporation during the cold, dry winter months.

We need cold..and snow (...and fast!) to build up the lake levels.

That said, I'd like to reiterate that I hope you're right.

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 12-06-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Do you think Chicago is sucking us dry? The ramps on Washington Island are becoming a joke. If you can't launch in 18 inches of water forget it. I am serious. Don't even get me started on those Sky Carp. I'll take the six inches.~ck
Buckda posted 12-06-2001 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Chicago?! Mother nature is already pouring all that water out the other end at Niagra!

Seriously....at least the thirsty folks out west haven't been able to lobby Congress successfully for a pipeline (Thank God the Great Lakes also form an International Border!)

BTW - the Detroit area, and Cleveland are also pretty thirsty metro areas that use the lakes for water.

lol,

Dave

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 12-06-2001 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Dave, let's settle this up at Lambeau this weekend. At least the Milwaukee River flows INTO Lake Michigan! The Bears are going down!~ck
OutrageMan posted 12-06-2001 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I may just be spreading unsubstantiated rumbers, but it is my understanding that for the past 5 years, Chicago has used many times more than its allotment of Lake Michigan water to flush their river. I also remember hearing that fines have been attached.

Brian

Buckda posted 12-06-2001 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Oh...I see...this is more personal! (Actually, I was born and raised in Michigan...so I'm officially a Lions fan..but don't tell anybody else on this forum, okay?)

I think that you cheese heads had better hope for a good day from Favre. Otherwise it could get pretty interesting.

Good luck to you...but not THAT good!

: )

Buckda posted 12-06-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Not to play Mayor Daley's lapdog (I'm a Republican for Heaven's sake!), but it was either that (Flushing the river with lake water) or allow nasty stuff to drain directly into the streets and then into the lake.

I totally agree - it's a terrible waste! But it was a decision made for the public's health. Could the city of Chicago and state of Illinois done something different (even way back in history) to avert this type of thing...of course. But when have you ever heard of a politician doing the right thing in the long run, versus a politically popular thing for the short term - Hell, even our corporations do that - sacrifice the long-term health and well being of the company for short-term growth and welfare to satisfy the stakeholders - wasting millions of dollars in capital and manpower in the process. It's no different, just on a different scale.

It's sad to waste such beautiful blue-green Lake Michigan H20 just to "clean the pipes".

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 12-06-2001 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
We have our issues here as well. In the last 5 years we have "accidentally" dumped millions of gallons of sewage into our lake. Some of our beaches were closed for most of the summer. The southern part of LM is getting pretty disgusting. It is only a matter of time until the water around my favorite place on earth (Washington Island) is affected. Instead of pointing fingers we need to prevent further accidents.~ck
ps I agree on your assesment of the Packer Bears game. It promises to be a fun one!

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