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Lower Lake Levels Don't Necessarily Mean More Dredging Jobs


One might think declining water levels on Lake Michigan would result in more business for companies that perform dredging projects.

But Roen Salvage president John Asher says it's a bit more complicated than that -- at least for his company.

Asher says much of their dredging work comes through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it's not like the Corps is suddenly getting more money to spend on dredging. In fact he says it's possible they could be getting less because of potential funding cuts.

That said, Asher says Roen did pick up some low water-related dredging jobs, including projects at Potato Dock on Washington Island, and at Quarterdeck Marina and Strawberry Creek Estates in Sturgeon Bay.

Mike Cole is the owner of Iron Works Construction in Baileys Harbor, which recently did some dredging in frigid conditions at the Algoma Marina. Cole says his company is doing about the same number of dredging projects. He says the only difference is they haven't had to travel as far to do the work.

As for the lake levels, Cole says he expects the same thing that's been happening will continue to happen.

"It's going to go up and it's going to go down," says Cole.

"Rather than worry about what it's going to do, just be prepared for whatever it does and then you don't have to worry. If you're going to dredge, dredge enough to make it so that it lasts a while."


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