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Shippers concerned about falling water levels on Great Lakes


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Shippers report Great Lakes water levels are so low they are being forced to leave a significant portion of their loads behind, in some cases up to 15 percent.

Lakes Michigan and Huron are more than 2 feet below their average levels, while Lake Superior about 13 inches down.

Those figures come from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lakes are expected to rise between two and four inches in the next month, but that may not be enough.

Shippers have been meeting in Green Bay to discuss the problem and look for solutions.

Shipping less means the cost of transporting goods goes up. That expense is passed on to consumers.