Article Photos: As Great Lakes plummet, towns try to save harbors 1/4

  In this Nov. 16, 2012 photo, Jim Simons, who runs a rod and reel repair business in Onekama, Mich., strolls on a sand bar alongside the Portage Lake channel that leads to Lake Michigan at Onekama, Mich. The sand bar normally would be submerged in water, but low Great Lakes levels have exposed the shoreline in many areas, causing problems for boaters and tourist businesses in small harbor towns. The Great Lakes, the worldâs biggest freshwater system, are dropping because of drought and climbing temperatures, a trend that accelerated with this yearâs almost snowless winter and scorching summer. (AP Photo/John Flesher)