Dredging underway around Lake St. Clair

Dredging needed because of low Michigan lake levels

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. - Many canals and marinas around Lake St. Clair are seeing dredging projects with heavy equipment removing silt and mud from the bottom of the waterway.

Boat owner Doug Wilson explained the dredging is needed because of low lake levels and the effect on sailboats.

"They have fixed keels that give them four-foot draft and they have to go somewhere else or go out early or they'll get stuck," Wilson said.

Joe Ahee is the director of public service for Grosse Pointe Woods said the dredging underway at Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park is intended to help those sailboats.

"They have problems with their fixed keels and we're taking it down to a five-foot depth also," Ahee said.

On Monday, there was a substantial drop-off from shore to the water levels at the seawalls.

Doug Wilson said it has not always been that way.

"There were times actually when the water was so high that it was over these seawalls," Wilson said.

Lake St. Clair is currently one foot lower than it was a year ago. Long-term trends suggest the levels will continue to drop.

Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park expects to be open for boaters by May 1.

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