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sm5w2
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join:2004-10-13
St Thomas, ON

Great Lakes at lowest levels since records began in 1918

Great Lakes hit lowest levels since record keeping began in 1918

»www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.a···d=856940

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Lake Michigan and Lake Huron hit the lowest water levels ever recorded on the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said tests taken in January show the lakes were 29 inches below their long-term average and had declined 17 inches since January 2012.

The other Great Lakes, Superior, Erie and Ontario were also well below average.

Scientists say the drought and other natural forces, along with dredging of rivers that drain from the lakes, have contributed to the level drops.
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This can't be a good thing...


ZombieBanner

join:2012-11-14
Chatham, ON

What do you expect when Nestle, and other companies are draining the ground water, and great lake water to bottle it, and sell it back to us at 500% markup!

Figure from a vending machine you pay almost $5.00/L, its more expensive then gas, and people just keep sheeply buying it.



urbanriot
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Canada
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reply to sm5w2

We can just toss a hose in the lake in the spring, let it run for a bit till the lakes fill up...



J E F F
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Kitchener, ON
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reply to sm5w2

That's a lot.

Some recommendations are to add 'speed' bumps in the St. Clair river to start building it up again.
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MaynardKrebs
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said by J E F F:

That's a lot.

Some recommendations are to add 'speed' bumps in the St. Clair river to start building it up again.

Dredging the shipping channel there has caused the more rapid outflow from Huron & Michigan.


Wolfie00
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This is a disaster for boaters, especially those with deep-keel sailboats. Some of the most beautiful waterways in the world around Georgian Bay and the North Channel are shallow at the best of times, and these have been hit the hardest. With water at this level, some of these waterways become dangerous or entirely unnavigable. We're losing a part of our national heritage.
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J E F F
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said by MaynardKrebs:

said by J E F F:

That's a lot.

Some recommendations are to add 'speed' bumps in the St. Clair river to start building it up again.

Dredging the shipping channel there has caused the more rapid outflow from Huron & Michigan.

Yes, apparently if they were to add speed bumps it should slow it down.

Gotta ask the question, though, have we, as people, ever found a way not to screw something up?

I do understand the great-lakes cycle over great spans of years, but this seems to be man made entirely.
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Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada
reply to sm5w2

Pretty sure the US is draining huge amounts of water out of michigan near chicago aquaduct to keep the Mississipi's water levels up for ship traffic. The mississipi is also at an all time low and they need it to keep commerce moving or things will get very expensive. There should be an investigation into this.



donoreo
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join:2002-05-30
North York, ON

said by Riplin:

Pretty sure the US is draining huge amounts of water out of michigan near chicago aquaduct to keep the Mississipi's water levels up for ship traffic. The mississipi is also at an all time low and they need it to keep commerce moving or things will get very expensive. There should be an investigation into this.

What investigation, you just told us. Invade! Now!
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booj

join:2011-02-07
Richmond, ON

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said by Riplin:

Pretty sure the US is draining huge amounts of water out of michigan near chicago aquaduct to keep the Mississipi's water levels up for ship traffic. The mississipi is also at an all time low and they need it to keep commerce moving or things will get very expensive. There should be an investigation into this.

Is this through the same gateway that is also the last line of defence keeping asian carp out of the great lakes? If so there are two reasons to close it now.


nitzguy
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join:2002-07-11
Sudbury, ON
reply to Riplin

said by Riplin:

Pretty sure the US is draining huge amounts of water out of michigan near chicago aquaduct to keep the Mississipi's water levels up for ship traffic. The mississipi is also at an all time low and they need it to keep commerce moving or things will get very expensive. There should be an investigation into this.

Its not just the large lakes...the smaller lakes that I'm sure are not being pilfered for their water are being just as effected as well...nitz's gf's father said he had never seen the lake where they have their camp with such a low water level.

Unless there's someone out there bottling Lake Kagawong water (on Manitoulin Island)...that I'm not aware of lol.

Part of the issue has been the relatively dry winters the past couple of years....probably + the bottling of water from areas hasn't helped things...

We've had a more typical winter up here so far and lots of snow so I feel like the levels will be up a bit come next year...

Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada

Yes absolutely the weather has played a significant part in the drop as well as the dredging of the St Clair. Perhaps its time to dam and set up a lock system at the narrowest part of the St.Clair. This would probably solve everything.


MaynardKrebs
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reply to sm5w2

Trent-Severn will be affected by this soon enough.

But there isn't going to be anything done, because the US wants the St. Clair River channel deep for shipping. Well actually it's the US shipping companies...which amounts to the same thing.