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Lake Superior inching back toward normal

Jul 09, 2018 07:04AM ● By Editor
A fisherman hopes to make a catch in Lake Superior at the mouth of the Lester River in 2015. File / News Tribune

By John Myers of the Duluth News Tribune on July 5, 2018


The level of Lake Superior rose more slowly in June than usual, going up by 2.4 inches in a month it averages a 3.2-inch increase, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control.

The big lake now sits four inches above average for July 1 but six inches below the July 1 level of 2017. That six-inch drop should help reduce, but not eliminate, shoreline erosion and flooding issues, especially during storm events.

The lake rises between April and August and generally declines from September through March.

Lakes Michigan and Huron remain two inches above last year's July 1 level and are 18 inches above their long-term average.

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