GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) - With all of the floodwater swiftly flowing down the Grand River and into Lake Michigan, 24 Hour News 8 wanted to ask the experts what kind of environmental impact it would have.
24 Hour News 8's Steve Kelso flew over the channel in Grand Haven on Friday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the plume of brown river water was visible, stretching as far as three miles out into Lake Michigan.
The good news is that in April, water levels on the lake, which were approaching record low levels, are already up nine inches.
But the bad news is that the brown water is full of dirt and muck and as more water flows out to the lake, shipping channels may need additional dredging.
In addition, boaters who use the channel may have some obstacles to dodge.
"There is a lot of debris coming down the river," said Tom O'Bryan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "There will be a lot of hazards to recreational boaters."
The Army corps anticipates that the Lake will still run about two feet lower than average the rest of the year.
For those worried about taking a trip to the beach or swimming in the lake, the Ottawa County Health department said that all of the mud will dissipate and the E. coli coming out of the river won't affect beach season.
However, it could take some time for all of the floating debris to wash ashore.
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