The shipping industry scrapes along in the Great Lakes

4:28 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

The shipping industry scrapes along in the Great Lakes

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Water levels are nearing record lows in the Great Lakes. The Wall St. Journal takes a look at what it means for those moving cargo on the lakes.
The Midwest drought is lowering water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to near-record lows, putting pressure on the shipping industry and turning some beaches into long mud flats. It is also intensifying a debate over a decades-old dredging project near Detroit that permanently reduced the lakes' levels by nearly two feet.