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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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September 2019

September 15 Water Levels Report

The majority of the Great Lakes have entered their seasonal declines at this time but levels are still high compared to long term averages. Lake Superior and Lake St. Clair are one inch above their highest monthly average for September, Lake Erie is 2 inches above and Lakes Michigan-Huron and Ontario are 5 inches below. Lake levels are forecasted to continue their seasonal decline headed into October with predicted net decreases of 1 inch on Lake Superior, 3 inches on Lake Michigan-Huron, 5 inches on both Lake St. Clair and Erie, and 8 inches on Lake Ontario. Outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River are forecasted to be above average for September. Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow through the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair’s outflow through the Detroit River, are al

September 2019

September 8 Water Levels Report

Currently Lakes Superior and Ontario are at their highest September monthly average, Lake Michigan-Huron is 4 inches below, and  Lakes St. Clair and Erie are 1 and 3 inches, respectively, above. Above average water levels will continue on the Great Lakes over the next month even though all of the lakes are predicted to continue their seasonal decline. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are forecasted to fall 1, 2, 5, 6, and 12 inches, respectively. Outflow from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River is forecasted to be above average for September. Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow through the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair’s outflow through the Detroit River, are also projected to be above average in September. Moreover, Lake Erie’s outflow through th

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