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Water Levels

All indications are that water levels are going to be up sharply again this year. GBA is providing timely and accurate information on current and projected water levels and will work with members and municipalities to share information on mitigation measures. Some septic systems, docks and low-lying structures are expected to be severely impacted.

GBA continues to keep a close eye on water levels this winter to provide timely and accurate advice to members and local municipalities on what to expect throughout 2020.

How is GBA involved?

  • GBA analyses data and provides weekly water level reports on the website to keep our membership informed and up to date.
  • GBA will continue to provide materials to help members mitigate the impacts of high water levels on septic systems, docks and low lying structures.
  • GBA is in consultation with MNRF and municipalities to determine appropriate actions members can take regarding shoreline alterations to protect against rising water levels.
  • GBA is working with municipalities to determine whether high water marks currently used in planning bylaws need to be revisited for future planning purposes.

How can you help?

  • Make sure your septic system is not vulnerable to flooding and/or higher water levels.
  • Consider floating docks and replacing unencapsulated blue foam with other more environmentally friendly material.
  • Make sure vulnerable shoreline structures are raised or removed where necessary/possible to avoid high water threats.
  • Make sure your shoreline is cleaned up, removing dead or dying vegetation so that it is not swept away by flooding and higher water levels.

Past Action

The Water Levels Committee works with Georgian Bay Forever and other NGOs to voice the interests of GBA members on water levels.

  • When water levels hit a historic low, we worked with the MNR to fast track applications for dredging and blasting to ensure that our members could maintain access to their properties
  • We met with the Federal Ministers of Environment and Foreign Affairs and our local MP to secure a commitment that the Government of Canada will address the long-term issue of water levels
  • We work with the International Joint Commission to hold the government accountable for taking action on water levels
  • We network with other key stakeholders on the Great Lakes, such as the Shipping Industry, to initiate action on water levels


May 24 Water Levels Report

There was significant rainfall in Michigan and Illinois over the last week. Water levels continue...


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