The Rise and Fall of Water Levels in the Great Lakes - An International Resource under Seige - 2011 & 2012
This website was developed to provide information, & and promote discussion about the fluctuating water levels in the Great Lakes Basin on the Canadian side of the International Boundary with particular emphasis on 'Georgian Bay'
Everyone should contact the IJC Commissioner's directly and demand that
A new organization has been formed to take the lead in achieving concrete action to restore water levels in the Upper Great Lakes including Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
This is "Restore our Water International"
and the website is to be found at:
Restore Our Water International
For immediate release New Canada – U.S. Organization Message to Governments: Fix Low Water Levels On Lakes Michigan-Huron Bay City, MI, February 26, 2013 – A newly created Canada – U.S. organization, Restore Our Water International Inc., incorporated on January 28, 2013 is urging Federal, State and Provincial governments’ to act immediately to resolve the crisis of low water levels in Lakes Michigan-Huron, including Georgian Bay.
Restore Our Waters International is demanding that governments finally address the dire economic and ecological impacts of 14 unprecedented years of low, and now record breaking water levels at the heart of the Great Lakes.
Over the last 80 years, human activity in the St. Clair and Detroit River corridor has permanently lowered Lakes Michigan and Huron by at least 20 inches. These activities include uncompensated navigation dredging and sand and gravel mining, which increased outflows from the middle lakes. These past actions coupled with a warmer and dryer climate have resulted in an inability to retain water in the middle and upper Great Lakes. While all the Great lakes are now below their long term averages, Lakes Michigan and Huron are a factor of three times lower compared to the others. This is due to the increased Lake Huron outflow at the St. Clair River. “The Canadian and U.S. governments have to commit the funding and political will to fix this problem,” said Roger Gauthier, a retired U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hydrologist and the Chair of Restore Our Water International. “While climate has affected levels in all the lakes, lakes Michigan and Huron have been severely low for the past 14 years.
There are solutions to this problem which include underwater weirs or “speed bumps” that can be placed in the Upper St. Clair River. ,” added Gauthier. A Canada – U.S. agreement that called for compensation of navigation dredging in 1962 already exists. The agreement was never implemented and never rescinded. Restore Our Water International wants the terms of that agreement met and implemented in a responsible manner, respecting both upstream and downstream conditions. The inaugural meeting of Restore Our Water International was held February 23, 2013 at the County Building in Bay City, Michigan.