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Agencies continue review of slowing down water flow at Great Lakes entry

Lake Michigan water
Lake Michigan water

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Foreign affairs' agencies in both the U.S. and Canada are still reviewing a 2007 request to slow down the water flow at the main entry to the Great Lakes. 

Water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron have dropped an estimated two feet since the last major dredging in the 1960's on the lakes' main entryway at the St. Clair River.  

At a meeting in Milwaukee Monday, the International Joint Commission -- a U.S.-Canadian panel which oversees the Great Lakes -- said it's still waiting for answers. 

The Great Lakes Commission asked the U.S. and Canadian governments six years ago to look for ways to undo the effects of the dredging, slow down the flows, and keep the levels of Michigan and Huron higher. 

In January, the levels of the two lakes hit record lows -- raising new concerns about damage along shorelines, and commercial ships carrying lighter loads due to the low waters. 

Deborah Lee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says her agency believes it has congressional authorization to build a structure to slow the water flow at the St. Clair. She said a study is needed, but Congress is not budgeting any money for it.

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