Over the last week many areas in the Great lakes basin received significant precipitation. Rainstorms are also predicted for most of the basin for Sunday and Monday. - Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. From a month ago the water level on Lake Superior is up 3 inches, Lakes Michigan-Huron and St Clair are unchanged, and Erie & Ontario are both down 3 inches. Lakes Superior, Ontario, & Erie are lower by 3, 3 & 20 inches, respectively, and Lakes Michigan-Huron & St. Clair are 3 & 2 inches higher, respectively, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 10, 34, 34, 28 & 9 inches, respectively, above their long term August average. Lake
- Following public consultations, the province of Ontario has made changes to its initial proposal and has decided to introduce a hunting season that will run annually from September 15 to December 31, starting in 2020. The original proposal called for a longer season and a 50-bird a day limit with hunters able to leave behind dead or wounded cormorants. GBA highlighted significant public safety concerns in its submission to request that this hunt proposal be cancelled. We still have concerns that the science is being ignored, but appreciate the shortened hunting season, reduction in the daily limit from 50 to 15, and the requirement to retrieve the birds, rather than leave them to rot. The Ontario government’s news release on the hunt can be found here and the official details of th
Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. From a month ago the water level on Lakes Superior is up 3 inches, Michigan-Huron is unchanged, and Lakes St Clair, Erie & Ontario are down 2, 3 & 3 inches, respectively. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Ontario, & Erie are lower by 3, 2, 4 & 22 inches, respectively, and Lake Michigan-Huron is 3 inches higher than it was at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 11, 34, 30, 26 & 5 inches, respectively, above their long term July average. Lake Michigan-Huron is 2 inches higher than its previous record high for July. All the other lakes are below their July record high. In a month’s time, the level of Lake Superior
Township of Georgian Bay (TGB) council rejected the Macey Bay trailer park site plan proposal, but approved the developer moving ahead with 90 trailers (half of the original number). Even though this greatly reduced project will put less pressure on the local ecology, should it proceed, continued vigilance is still needed to ensure all potential environmental impacts are fully mitigated. GBA will continue to closely monitor this development. Read more here.
As water levels remain close to record highs on the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) are hosting a Water Levels Web Symposium on October 24, 2020. This event will showcase Great Lakes System experts discussing water level fluctuations, human interference in the system, and data collection. There will also be a chance for you to ask your pressing questions. More information on our speakers and registration details will follow shortly. Stay tuned!
We know you love the Bay everyday, but here’s a special opportunity to show it all through August. As Guardians of the Bay we all share a deep appreciation for Georgian Bay and want to preserve and protect it so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Bay Day is an annual initiative introduced by GBA where associations organize local events and activities to engage and educate the membership, celebrate, and spruce up the magnificent Georgian Bay we all care about. Normally Bay Day is an event held on one day in the summer in areas up and down the Bay. With COVID-19 upon us, these larger celebrations are being scaled back, so this year we’re taking Bay Day in a different direction and making every day in August a Bay Day. We invite you to come up with a fun activity
Their primitive looks and menacing name have given the snapping turtle a bad reputation, but these gentle giants are too shy to bite your toes in the water. Although generally found close to shore, snapping turtles would rather swim away from you than have a confrontation. In fact the “snapping” is a protective measure they use on land when threatened because, unlike some turtles, they can’t retract their entire body inside their shell. Snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in Canada, with individuals weighing up to 34 kg. Their carapace, or shell, is black or brown, and they have a long tail, but their most distinguishing feature is their hooked upper jaw. Snapping turtles are omnivorous, and play an important role in cleaning our waters by eating rotting fish,
Over the last week the Great Lakes region received substantial precipitation. Most of the basin received between 0.25 to 2.0 inches; however, large portions of the basin received from 2.0 to 6.0 inches. Temperatures throughout the region remained above average for most of the past week. Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. - From a month ago the water level on Lakes Superior & St Clair are up 2 & 1 inches respectively, Michigan-Huron is unchanged, and Lakes Erie & Ontario are down 1 & 3 inches, respectively. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Ontario, & Erie are lower by 2, 1, 3 & 23 inches, respectively, and Lake Michigan-Huron is 4 inches higher than it was at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-
Large and destructive wakes have long been an issue for cottagers, and the recent high water levels and shoreline conditions have made the problem much worse. The law states that power-driven vessels must slow down to 10 km/hour within 30 meters of a shoreline except in canals and marked channels. While most boaters are aware and respectful of the rules, there are others who are not. Understanding the Impacts Large wakes can create unsafe conditions, be harmful to the environment, and cause property damage, notably: Hazards for swimmers and smaller vessels Large wake can cause dangerous conditions for swimmers and can even swamp smaller vessels. Shoreline erosion Wake combined with higher water levels can cause plants and trees to lose their root support and g
As Ontario prepared to move into Phase 3 of reopening, the government introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020. This omnibus bill, which passed on July 21, proposes to stimulate economic growth by amending 20 existing pieces of legislation, including the environmental assessment (EA) process, in an attempt to expedite development. Criticism is mounting on the Ford government’s cavalier action in fast-tracking the COVID-19 Recovery Act, and the provisions that compromise the EA process. The potential for a legal challenge to this bill is being widely explored by many, who have grave concerns that by treating environmental protections as “so much red tape”, this government is clearing the path for rampant development with no environmental oversight and using the
Despite the Saugeen Ojibway Nation's overwhelming rejection of a previous plan for a low and intermediate nuclear waste repository on their territory, a site in the same area is now under consideration to store high-level radioactive waste. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), a non-profit group responsible for the safe, long-term management of Canada's used nuclear fuel, is looking to establish a permanent, deep geological repository site in the municipality of South Bruce or near Ignace in northwestern Ontario. This new dump site would accept spent fuel rods from the 18 nuclear reactors in Ontario and a single reactor in New Brunswick. - GBA will monitor and report on this proposal as it develops. Read more here. -
Over the last week, the Great Lakes region received above average precipitation, particularly Lake Michigan. Over the next week more rain and above average temperatures are expected. Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. - From a month ago the water level on Lakes Superior is up 2 inches, Michigan-Huron & St Clair are unchanged, and Lakes Erie & Ontario are down 1 & 4 inches, respectively. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Ontario, & Erie are lower by 4, 0, 2 & 24 inches, respectively, and Lake Michigan-Huron is 3 inches higher than it was at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 9, 33, 32, 28 & 7 inches, respectively, above their long term July average. L