This week on Points North, the water is so high in Michigan this summer that shorelines are disappearing, docks are underwater and rivers are overflowing. Plus hear how high water is affecting public access to beaches and research on avian botulism.
Avian botulism has affected waterfowl like loons and mergansers in the Great Lakes for decades. The last major outbreak was in 2016, when hundreds of dead birds washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan. Every year, volunteers head out to the lakes to monitor botulism. This year high water levels complicate monitoring, but also mean fewer bird deaths from the disease.
The water in Michigan’s lakes, ponds and rivers belongs to everyone, but the shoreline different. In Michigan, when private property abuts the Great Lakes, there’s a natural high water mark that determines how far up on the beach the public can walk.
Platte Point beach is a favorite for tubers and kayakers in northern Michigan, but this year it is almost completely underwater.
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