May 16, 2021 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels. However, this month predicted outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River are predicted to be only average, not above average as they has been for at least 2 years. This shows that, under Plan 2012 balancing, the flow into Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be reduced. Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be below the level it was at this time last year – see graph below. All the lakes are now lower than they were at this time last year.

From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie and Ontario are up 0, 0, 2, 2 and 5 inches respectively. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario, are lower by 5, 15, 14, 13 & 24 inches, respectively, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair & Erie are 5, 18, 17, & 14 inches, respectively, above their long term May average, whereas Lake Ontario is 11 inches below. All the lakes are now well below their May record highs.

In a month’s time, the levels for Lakes Superior, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are expected to be up 0-3 inches with Lake Michigan-Huron expected to be up 3 inches.

High water levels and potentially record high water levels are expected to persist for at least the next six months, so flood prone areas are expected to remain vulnerable.

 




Also in Our Stories

We The Bay
We The Bay

November 23, 2021

In challenging times such as these we come to appreciate even more the value and support of our Georgian Bay community. Whether we’re full-time residents, seasonal chalet/cottagers, weekend warriors or tourists, the one thing that binds us all together is our love for Georgian Bay and everything it adds to our lives.  

It was that pride in her Georgian Bay community that got Natalie Thompson to thinking last April as the waves of the Covid storm began washing up on our shores. Having had her second year at Brock University cut short....

Read More

Renee Ficko helps organize Collingwood protest that closed the street down
Renee Ficko helps organize Collingwood protest that closed the street down

By Hayden Watters, CBC News – June 11, 2020

Grade 12 student Reneé Ficko is used to organizing climate protests, but often has a hard time getting people to join in.

She helped put on a protest in her hometown of Collingwood, Ont., on Monday and was struck by how many came out. The community sits on Georgian Bay, 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

"We closed the street down and we marched," she said. "We live in a town where there is still a lot of racism."

Read More

Saugeen Ojibway Nation Land Claims
Saugeen Ojibway Nation Land Claims

Read More