By Matthew Schmidgall
DETROIT, Michigan: On March 27, 2013 Governor Rick Snyder signed a spending bill that would spend $21 million to dredge 58 harbors across the state of Michigan. "As the Great Lakes State, we need to ensure the availability of our beautiful waterways to boaters," Snyder said during a signing ceremony in his office. This bill would pull $11.5 million of its funding from the from the general fund — state government's main checkbook — and $9.5 million from a fund overseen by the Michigan State Waterways Commission, which usually pays for breakwalls, dock repairs and other marine infrastructure upgrades. This legislation was prompted by declining water levels in the great lakes, which has been the trend since the late 1990s, and which has accelerated in recent years due to drought conditions in the region.