HIGH WATER LEVELS
After reaching an all-time low level in January 2013, Lake Michigan-Huron, and all other Great Lakes, have risen dramatically, rapidly, and destructively in the past few years. In just the past two years, severe personal and public property damages and loss of public recreation areas and roadways have occurred. An increase in precipitation and runoff of snow melt minus less evaporation has been cited as the cause. The Great Lakes Coalition believes that some of the increase is due to increased outflow from Lake Superior and the rivers that flow into Lake Superior.
Here are some of the steps the Great Lakes Coalition believes should be taken:
- Restore the Long Lac and Ogoki rivers in Canada to their original flow channels to Hudson Bay instead of the present diversion into Lake Superior
- Remove the in-fills that restrict flow through the Niagara River
- Open the Black Rock Lock in Buffalo in order to increase Niagara River flow
- Utilize the Welland Canal to supplement Niagara River flow
- Consider increasing the Chicago Diversion
- Install an ice boom at the head of the St. Clair River to reduce risk of ice jams
- Examine ways to accomplish increasing outflow from Lake Ontario
- Investigate other outflow sources such as the Erie Canal into the Hudson River
- Include citizen representatives at the policy decision level
- Each Great Lake should have some water level control and the water level variance between highs and lows should be smaller
The Great Lakes Coalition will work with other organizations to help get these steps achieved.