Officials representing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be available via teleconference to update media regarding low water levels for Lake Michigan-Huron and Lake Superior. Experts will also able to discuss water levels on the other Great Lakes. Experts from Environment Canada will also be available to support this discussion. Lake Michigan-Huron is within inches of reaching the lowest water level in nearly 50 years. Due to their union at the Straits of Mackinac, the lakes are treated as one for forecasting purposes. Corps and Environment Canada experts forecast that if current trends continue, Lake Michigan-Huron could hit historic lows in late Fall 2012 and early 2013. Water levels on the other Great Lakes are also lower than average, but not expected to reach historic lows through early 2013.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Via teleconference: please call (888) 622-5357 and enter passcode: 257602 to participate.
One-hundred lines will be available on a first come-first serve basis. If you are unable to attend or gain access, please contact the Detroit District Public Affairs Office at 888-694-8313 so that we may assess the need to schedule an additional event.
Low lake levels impact commerce, recreation, local and international economies, environmental health, habitat and species preservation, and several other significant areas of interest. It is important that the Great Lakes and international community understand the factors that are affecting lake levels so they may determine how to respond to this announcement.