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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Erosion Levels Normal Along Lake Huron

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Despite rocky conditions, Coastal Stewardship Coordinator says coastline weathering normal for winter.

If you have noticed a dramatic change in the Lake Huron shoreline this winter, there is no cause for concern.

Erosion has changed the landscape of several sand and rock beaches along the coastline, including some bluff erosion and the disappearance of vegetation.

Coastal Stewardship Coordinator at the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Hannah Cann, says the changes are normal.

Cann says the movement of lake ice has a greater effect on the shape of the shoreline than summer flows, creating a much different looking coast.

Melting snow can also have an effect on the look of the shoreline, something midwestern Ontario has seen several times this winter.

However, the beach will soon return to its normal self.

Cann says calmer winds and waves of summer will even the now-rocky coastline, and create more favourable conditions for beach-goers.

As for lake levels, Cann says current forecasts show high levels similar to last year.

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