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High water causing issues for some city infrastructure

aeiral view of flooded Grand River
City of Grand Rapids
The Grand River in Grand Rapids reached 20.6 feet in 2018.

A majority of Michigan’s rivers have more water than usual for this time of year. That’s according to measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Elevated water levels are causing issues for water infrastructure in the state.

“It significantly delayed projects,” says Nicole Pasch, with the Environmental Services department for Grand Rapids. “We started doing some maintenance later in the season than we would have liked to. We typically try to do that earlier in the summer, knowing that – or I guess anticipating – that you won’t have those high rain events.”

Pasch says Grand Rapids is taking climate change into consideration while developing its next comprehensive master plan for the city.

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.
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