The boat docks at Kane's Marina in Detroit.

In the summer of 2015, a severe drought dropped the water level at Detroit Lake to a historic low. There was so little water that a 100-year-old wagon appeared in the lake bed. Two marinas in Detroit, Kane’s Marina and Detroit Lake Marina, were unable to open for the summer season.

When the water in Detroit Lake is low and boats come out of the water – particularly in the summer – the tourism dries up, too, and businesses suffer.

“There’s a huge economic value to having those marinas be able to be operational,” Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron said.  

A long-planned project that would excavate the dirt under the city’s two marinas got a kickstart of $2 million appropriated to it through the year-end $1.7 trillion federal spending package that was signed into law this week by President Joe Biden.

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