Businesses worry as reservoir continues to fall

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — Water levels are continuing to drop at a depleted northwestern Indiana reservoir where one local business owner says the situation has forced him to lay off employees.

The operator of Lake Freeman’s dam is under a federal agency’s order to continue releasing water to protect riverbeds with an endangered species of mussels. Those water releases dropped the lake to more than 23 inches below normal on Monday, further limiting boaters’ access to its waters.

Although this week’s rains boosted the lake’s water level to 18 inches below normal, businesses are hurting in the tourism-reliant community about 20 miles north of Lafayette.

Tall Timbers Marina owner Gary Creigh tells the Journal & Courier he’s had to lay off four employees because his business is pumping less gas.

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