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Great news! Funding has just come through from Transport Canada so that the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) and Canadian Industries Limited (CIL) can restart the expired flare recycling and safety education program. The program focuses on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment, and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares. The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons are lining up marinas to participate in the program, which will run for the next three years. Please check the CPS website (http://www.cps-ecp.ca/?WCE=C=47|K=240853) regularly for marina location additions and dates. Have Your Flares Expired? If your flares have a manufacture date of 2014 or earlier, they have or will expire this year. In accordan
Above average precipitation continue to contribute to substantially high lake levels. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are projected to be 1 - 3 inches above their record high monthly average levels for June, but Lake Michigan-Huron is projected to be 2 inches below its record high. Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 5 and 7 inches, respectively, above their levels of a month ago, while Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 2, 3, and 13 inches, respectively, higher than they were a month ago. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie are 9 to 13 inches above their levels of a year ago, while Lake Ontario is 24 inches higher than it was at this time last year. Over the next 30 days, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are expected to continue their seasonal rise, cli
Heavy precipitation and high flows have continued to contribute to rising lake levels. As compared to the beginning of the month, Lakes St. Clair, Superior, Erie, and Michigan-Huron have risen 3, 5, 6, and 9 inches, respectively. Lake Ontario has risen 18 inches since the beginning of May. All of the Great Lakes water levels are higher than one year ago at this time, ranging from 9 to 13 inches greater for Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie. Lake Ontario is highest above its level of last year at 24 inches above what it was one year ago today. Over the month of June, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are expected to continue to rise, reaching 3 and 2 inches above their current levels, respectively. Lake St. Clair is predicted to be at the same level in once month, wh
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GBA is calling for the closures of the open cage aquaculture operation at Lake Wolsey, an embayment on the North Channel, due to ongoing pollution, including regular blue green algae outbreaks and public health concerns. Please read the full press release here: GBA press release on Lake Wolsey Aquaculture operation May 28 2019
The municipality says the areas around Wolseley Bay, Ranger Bay, and Dry Pine Bay are especially vulnerable to flooding. OPP are asking boaters to reduce their speeds as many wharves and docks are currently underwater in the area. The slow down will also reduce wakes and prevent any further shoreline erosion. Residents in the communities of French River, Noelville and Alban are also asked to be cautious when travelling on saturated roads and can notify the municipality if they need sandbags, need assistance, or to report any water hazards. Flood warnings have also been extended through the lower Pickerel River Watersheds. People in the areas around St. Charles, Municipality of French River and the Municipality of Killarney, McConkey Township, Blair Township, Mowat Township, and Henvey I
We recently updated our primer on private buoys. Check it out for great information on regulations, guides and checklists.
We recently updated our First Nations Reading List. There are several fine books available on Canadian history and the First Nations, many of which are written by First Nation people.
Higher than normal precipitation is expected to continue this week. Total precipitation is expected to be between 0.5-3 inches for the Great Lakes Basin and may result in more flooding. - This heavy precipitation and high flows have continued to contribute to rising lake levels. Since the previous month, Lakes St. Clair, Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie have risen 5, 6, 7, and 8 inches respectively. Lake Ontario has risen 21 inches since April. All lakes are currently experiencing higher water levels than this time last year, with a range of 7 to 12 additional inches for Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie. Lake Ontario is currently 20 inches higher than the previous year’s level. For the month of June, Lake Superior is predicted to rise 3 inches and Lake Michigan-Hur
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At long last both the Canadian and US governments have elected new commissioners. GBA congratulates: Pierre Béland, Canadian chair; Jane Corwin, US Chair; Canadian commissioners Henry Lickers and Merrell-Ann Phare; and US commissioners Robert Sisson and Lance Yohe. - Read more about the Canadian appointees here: - and the US appointees here: -
With climate change appearing to increase the number of wildfires, GBA feels that it is incumbent on the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to tighten up its fire rating system and reduce the risk of human caused fires making the situation worse. See our submission to the MNRF to review its forest fires rating system here and recent UPDATE articles on this topic. Read about the expected increase in wildfires across Canada here… -