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Great Lakes water levels expected to stay below average for next 6 months

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Water levels on the Great Lakes are expected to remain lower than average for the next six months.

But the Army Corps of Engineers says there will not be any record-low levels, unless the weather is unusually dry again.

Still, the Corps says commercial boaters and shippers will continue to deal with shallow and hazardous conditions in many harbors for the foreseeable future.

Lakes Michigan and Huron are still more than two feet below their long-range averages – and both are expected to have near-record low levels through September. Michigan and Huron both set all-time record lows in January.

Watershed hydrology chief Keith Kompoltowicz said heavy snows this winter will help the lakes recover a little bit. But he said it would take several very wet years for the Great Lakes to get back to normal.

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