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Questions surround Great Lakes research

Some concerns were raised Tuesday night about an ongoing study looking at water levels in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior. Some property owners along Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are worried about relatively low water levels. Some blame the am...

Some concerns were raised Tuesday night about an ongoing study looking at water levels in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior.

Some property owners along Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are worried about relatively low water levels. Some blame the amount of water flowing out of the St. Clair River near Detroit. A study being done for a U.S.-Canadian advisory body, the International Joint Commission (IJC), says some changes could be made in the St. Clair, but the changes would be expensive and might harm fish.

The study does recommend other changes in the upper Great Lakes, but environmental attorney Peter Peshek -- who owns land in Door County -- told a public meeting last night that overall, the study is too weak and places economic interests over the environment. He also says it doesn't do enough to protect fish spawning areas near the Lake Michigan shoreline.

IJC study co-author Eugene Stahkiv says the report contains views from a board of advisors. He says environmental improvements would be marginal, but better than existing regulations.

There'll be another meeting about the lake levels study Aug. 9 in Superior.

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