Rising Lake Erie Water Levels Prompt Erosion Fears

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Officials say higher water levels in Lake Erie may be great for boaters, but the increase is contributing to erosion in places like Presque Isle State Park and could cause other problems.

The Erie Times-News reports that the latest report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ says Lake Erie is several inches higher than it was a month ago.

Presque Isle State Park officials say higher lake levels mean erosion in the dunes where water normally doesn’t reach. Operations manager Matt Greene said sections with narrower strips of beach have been hard hit.

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Eric Guerrein of Lakeshore Towing Services says water levels have rebounded after extreme lows in 2012 and 2013, but a continuing rise might submerge some boat ramps and docks and even some roadways.

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