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July 13, 2012
Kevin Bernard
by: Kevin Bernard

Let's Talk About Water Levels

If you live anywhere near the water, you've noticed the drop in levels over the last few decades, but no one seems interested in doing anything about it.

The International Joint Commission is holding hearings this month -- looking for input on a report from the Upper Great Lakes Study Team earlier this year.

The study took five years to complete, and basically says lake levels rise and fall, in a cycle.

I remember back in the early 80's when the water level on Georgian Bay was very high, and friends spent thousands of dollars bringing in huge boulders to protect their waterfront.

Then, the water level fell and kept falling, leaving them with a rough and rocky shoreline and the water hundreds of feet away.

Despite the finding that the St. Clair river seems to be larger and deeper than in the past, the I.J.C. is not recommending anything to reverse that.

Resource Manager with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation Geoff Peach says trying to regulate water levels thru technology may help in one area, but can cause more problems upstream.

The five5 year study predicts water levels will return to the level of the 1980's at some point.

I don't know what the answer is, but if you think you can solve the problem of fluctuating levels, why not tell the International Joint Commission.

It held a hearing in Sarnia this week and sessions are planned in Midland this coming Monday, and in Collingwood Tuesday.

From Where I Sit, if you have waterfront property or are just interested in the future of our Great Lakes system, you can't simply sit on your hands and hope for the best.

Get involved, ask questions and maybe... provide some answers.

I'm Kevin Bernard


From Where I Sit is on 560 CFOS Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:08 am and 5:08 pm

Posted: 2012-07-13 06:26:51

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