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Experts: Above average water levels could be beneficial

The Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay reports Lake Michigan water levels are above average right now and it's not necessarily a bad thing.

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay reports Lake Michigan water levels are above average right now and it's not necessarily a bad thing.

One benefit of high water levels is more vegetation along the shoreline which provides a habitat for water species.

However you may notice the beaches are shrinking in size.

Experts said the high levels are caused by early rain and snow melt but by midsummer to fall, we should start to see things go back down.

"Great Lakes water levels go through natural cycles. Some years were really low some years were really high," said Heather Smith, the Grand Traverse Bay Keeper. "There are benefits for each situation so we just encourage folks to go along for the wide."

If you live along the shore, the Watershed Center said planting deep routed plants can help contain the beach as they latch onto sand particles.

They do not encourage people to do any shoreline hardening with things like concrete walls because it takes away from vegetation and thriving fish.

If you are thinking about building on any property, make sure it's at least 50-feet from the high water mark.

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