Water level up five inches on Lake St. Clair

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Water levels on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair are approximately 5 inches higher than last year, and despite higher fuel prices, many marina owners are optimistic about the summer boating season, according to a story today in the Detroit News.

Marie Strum, chief of watershed hydrology branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, told the newspaper that the initial forecast had called for the lake to be at the same level as it was in 2003, but has been revised after large amounts of rain in recent weeks.

“It sure beats going in the other direction,” Van Snider, president of the Livonia-based Michigan Boating Industries Association, told the News.

Snider is expecting a stronger 2004 than 2003, despite higher gas prices.

“People are very passionate about recreational boating in Michigan,” Snider said. “They are not happy about spending more money, but I guarantee they will go out and enjoy the summer boating season.”

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