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March 29, 2013

Low levels in Great Lakes is bad news for shippers



Earlier this week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation providing $21 million in emergency funds to dredge state harbors that are in danger of becoming impassable because of low water levels. The legislation sets aside money for 58 dredging projects.

Diminished water levels have also been observed on the St. Lawrence Seaway, but not to the same degree as with some of the Great Lakes, said Craig Middlebrook, acting administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

"It hasn't been as acute, but we're still affected by low water," he said. "I was talking with one of our major carriers last week who ... calculated last year it translated into leaving 9 percent of their cargo on the dock.

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