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Although Great Lakes water levels are beginning their seasonal declines, they remain near record high levels. Over the last month Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie have declined 2 to 4 inches, Lake Superior is unchanged and Lake Ontario has declined by 10 inches. The projected net change in levels over the next month show water levels declining by 2 inches on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron, by 5 to 6 inches on Lakes St. Clair and Erie, and by 12 inches on Lake Ontario. Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Mary’s River and the Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow through the St. Clair River are predicted to be above average for August. Outflows from Lake St. Clair through the Detroit River, and outflows from Lake Erie outflow into the Niagara River, are also projected to be
UPDATE: The Wasauksing Swing Bridge is now back up and running. Further to the article below, the bridge is now operating on it's regular schedule. Wasauksing Swing Bridge Is Currently Unable To Open To Traffic The historic Wasauksing Swing Bridge to Parry Island is currently stuck in road traffic-only position. Large sailboats, the Island Queen and all other vessels that require the bridge to open for them will not be able to use the south channel around Parry Island from Parry Sound until the problem is fixed. Read more about the issue here. For the latest updates on the bridge, check the Government of Canada website.
Water levels across the Great Lakes remain high. Lake St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are forecasted to exceed their highest recorded monthly average for August by 2 to 5 inches, Lake Superior is projected to meet its record, and Lake Michigan-Huron will be 2 inches below its record. Lake levels exceed last year by 8 to 15 inches on all lakes except for Lake Ontario, which is 27 inches above. The forecasted levels for September 9th for Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 1, 2, 4, 6 and 12 inches, respectively, below their current levels, in accordance with the usual seasonal declines. Outflows from all lakes: Lake Superior’s through the St. Mary’s River, Lake Michigan-Huron’s through the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair through the Detroit River, Lake Erie
With support from the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, municipalities around Georgian Bay have signed onto the Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP) to work toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. Read more about the initiative here.
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The Great Lakes basin precipitation was 17% below average in July, the first month since March that the Great Lakes experienced below average precipitation. The water levels of the Great Lakes continue to be considerably above average. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are above their record high August monthly mean levels by 1 to 6 inches, while Lake Michigan-Huron is 2 inches shy of its record high August monthly mean. The Great Lakes are either nearing their seasonal peaks or have already started their seasonal decline. Lakes Michigan-Huron, Erie, and Ontario are 1, 3, and 7 inches respectively, below their levels of a month ago. Lake Superior’s level is an inch above what it was a month ago, whereas Lake St. Clair is near its level of a month ago. Looking a month into th
Intuitively we know how valuable our Georgian Bay environment is, but this report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) places a dollar value on all nature and biodiversity. This should help frame how governments make decisions on environmental protections and the need to strengthen them. Read more about the economics of nature here.
Last week and this coming week all of the basin has received and will receive substantial rainfall, particularly in Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron. Water levels remain high across the Great Lakes. Since last month: Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are unchanged; Lake St. Clair is up 1 inch; and Lakes Erie and Ontario are down 2 and 6 inches respectively. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are above their record high July monthly means by 2, 4, 4, and 3 inches, respectively, whereas Lake Michigan-Huron is 1 inch below. Lake Superior’s level is projected to be near its current level in one month. In contrast, Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are projected to be 1, 4, 6 and 10 inches, respectively, less than their current levels. Outflows from Lake Super
This past week high temperatures were experienced across the Great Lakes basin. Early in the week many regions experienced thunderstorms. In particular, Lake Superior and Michigan-Huron basins received approximately a third to half an inch of rain. In the coming weekend, temperatures are expected to rise across the Great Lakes basin. Water levels remain high across the Great Lakes. The forecasted water level for July 19th indicates an increase from last month. Lake Superior has increased by 1 inch, and Lakes Michigan-Huron and St. Clair by 2 inches. Lake Ontario has decreased by 4 inches and Lake Erie is unchanged. Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are all 5 inches above their record high July level and Superior is 2 inches above. Over the next month, Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. C
On June 27, Judge Peter West found David Sillars guilty of impaired operation of a vessel (a canoe) causing death and criminal negligence causing death. The charges were laid as a result of the death of eight-year-old Thomas Rancourt on Muskoka River in April 2017. This case was the first time in Canadian history where a case moved forward to trial where an individual faced charges under the Criminal Code of Canada for impaired operation of a canoe causing death. Judge West made history earlier in the trial when he ruled that canoes are vessels. Sentencing is set for August 15 in an Oshawa court.
A team of scientists from the University of Chicago is undertaking a long term study aiming to better understand what microbes are present in the Great Lakes and what role they play in the environment. Read more about their work here.
Water levels remain high across all the Great Lakes, meeting or exceeding the record high July level. Over the last month, Lake Superior and Lake Ontario have decreased by 1 & 4 inches respectively, Lakes Michigan-Huron and St. Clair have increased by 3 and 4 inches, respectively and Lake Erie is unchanged. Over the next month, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are projected to remain fairly steady, while Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are expected to decline 3, 5, and 10 inches, respectively. Outflows from Lake Superior through the St. Mary’s River, and Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River, are projected to be above average in July. Lake St. Clair’s outflow through the Detroit River is also forecasted to be above average.