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U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, center, speaks at the West Basin Marina in St. Joseph on Thursday about the high water levels in Lake Michigan, which are endangering the docks and could throw a wrench into the tourism industry this summer. With him are, from left, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad and St. Joseph Mayor Michael Garey.

ST. JOSEPH — Rising Lake Michigan water levels need to be addressed quickly or Southwest Michigan’s multi-million dollar recreation industry is in peril, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Thursday as he toured marinas in St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and South Haven.

“It’s all hands on deck. What can we do?” said the Republican from St. Joseph while visiting the West Basin Marina in St. Joseph. “If we can divert some of this water so it doesn’t flow here, I think that’s a good thing.”

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Some of the docks at Riverview Drive Park along the St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor are nearly underwater on Thursday, which was a calm day with no waves.

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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow listens Thursday as South Haven Mayor Scott Smith points out the damage that Lake Michigan’s high water level has created at South Beach, and along the bluffs south of the beach.

Becky Kark contributed to this report.

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