'Save the Harbor' campaign brings attention to state's low lake levels

Business owners, concerned citizens, members of Clean Water Action and volunteers of the Save the Harbor campaign spoke out Monday about the link between carbon pollution and low lake levels and the impact on harbor towns across the state at the annual Harbor Days festival.

"Harbor businesses cannot thrive with low lakes," said Anne Wiltse, owner of Paddlebuoy, an Elk Rapids company. "We must act to reduce the pollution that fuels climate change. That is why businesses like mine are working closely with conservationists, local communities and many others to urge our elected leaders in Lansing and Washington, D.C. to do the right thing and support communities that will be hurt by climate change and pollution."

"As the harbormaster, I see firsthand how water levels in our area have continued to go down year after year and I see how this hurts our boating and recreational economy in the area," said Angelique Esser, harbormaster at E.C. Grace Memorial Harbor.

Experts and scientists have long warned that pollution directly affects the levels of lakes surrounding Michigan. "Save the Harbor" and other groups are continuing to advocate for action to reduce pollution and dangerous emissions that impact lake levels, public health and local economies that rely on tourism and hospitality throughout Michigan.

Published: Thu, Aug 8, 2013

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