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Great Lakes water levels trending down

Lake Michigan water levels have been decreasing in 2021.
Dan Wanschura
Interlochen Public Radio
Lake Michigan water levels have been decreasing in 2021.

Experts forecast water levels in the Great Lakes to decrease for at least the next six months, if not year.

While 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes are still higher than average, they’re not brimming like they were in 2019 and 2020.

In fact, water levels are trending down.

"The official forecast...show all four of the great lakes decreasing over the next six months," says Mark Breederland of the Michigan Sea Grant Extension of Northwest Michigan.

He’s a featured speaker at the 14th Annual Freshwater Summit, and on Friday, will give a presentation titled “Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes 2018-2021”.

IPR’s Dan Wanschura spoke with Breederland about what decreasing water levels in the Great Lakes means for shoreline communities heading into November and beyond.

Dan Wanschura is the Host and Executive Producer of Points North.