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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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April 2019

April 20th Water Levels Report

So far this month, the entire Great Lakes Basin has received 111% of average precipitation, with Lakes Superior and Lakes Michigan Huron at 143% and 119% respectively.  More precipitation occurred this weekend primarily in the eastern part of the basin. - Lake Michigan-Huron is 4 inches higher than one month ago, 7 inches above its level of last year, and is projected to continue its upward seasonal trend, climbing 4 inches over the next 30 days. - 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 April. Moreover, the outflow of Lake St. Clair through the Detroit River is predicted to be above average. - The most recent clear satellite image is this one

April 2019

April 11th Water Levels Report

Over the past week, temperatures have been warmer than average across the Great Lakes basin. Lake Michigan-Huron is 4 inches higher than it was a month ago, 4 inches above its level last year, and is projected to rise 3 inches over the next 30 days. 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 April. - The most recent clear satellite image is this one from April 10th, which shows that the ice cover on the Bay has retreated further, but the east and north shorelines are still completely covered. All the images since then have been too cloud covered to determine more recent coverage. - Best Regards, - Rupert - Rupert Kindersley - Executive

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