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Water Quality

Water quality issues fall into three categories:

  1. Water purity(for human health),
  2. Recreational water quality(also for human health/enjoyment), and,
  3. the long-term health of the Water Ecosystem.

The Georgian Bay Association strongly supports monitoring programs for all. Septic systems (septic tanks and leaching beds, leach pits and cesspools), grey water systems and storm water runoff can affect human and ecosystem health.

  • We are a key stakeholder in government engagements, including the review of The Great Lakes Protection Act ensuring that the Act is effective in dealing with water quality issues that affect our members
  • We are advisors on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
  • We network with other landowner organizations and advocate to all levels of government for improved legislation and regulations to protect and improve water quality

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May 2019

May 11th Water Levels Report

Cold fronts and low pressure systems moved across the Great Lakes basin last week, which brought a drop in temperatures and rain. Low temperatures in the northern portions of the basin were near the freezing mark and prompted Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories in some regions. The recent wet conditions have caused water levels to climb and currently, water levels across the basin are 8 to 12 inches above last year’s water levels at this time. In the past month, all of the Great Lakes have experienced rises in water level with Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario rising by 5, 8, 12, 11, and 20 inches, respectively. The water levels of Lakes St. Clair and Erie are currently 4 inches above their record high monthly mean level for May, while Lake Superior is 1 inc

May 2019

May 4th Water Levels Report

A wet weather pattern has resulted in heavier than normal rainfall over the last week for the southern portions of the Great Lakes Basin. Rainfall forecasts for the basin call for a continuation of the wet weather pattern with the southern portions of the basin expected to receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain in the next week while the northern reaches are expected to receive less than 0.5 inches. All of the Great Lakes are above their level of a month ago. Lake Michigan-Huron is 9 inches above its level last month, around 9 inches higher than it was a year ago, and is projected to rise 3 inches over the next month. Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Mary’s River, and Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River, are forecasted to be above average in May. Outflo

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