Old Science may be solution to Falling water Levels in Georgian Bay

MP Bruce Stanton encourages his constituents of Simcoe North to Petition the IJC for solutions to Low water levels of Georgian Bay. The IJC is the ‘center for action’ on the solution for this issue. Mary Muter of the Sierra Club of Ontario remarked at the Oakwood Community Centre that ‘the IJC has had $17 million and seven years to come up with a solution’. IJC recommendation to do nothing is not popular among these folks. The US Army Corps of Engineers solution for low water levels for Georgian Bay was conceived 50 years ago. According to Muter, water flows would be slowed by installing underwater sills and repairing erosion damage. As reported by Sarvus, the project costs today would range from $100 to $200 million over 10 years with start up of $3 to $5 million.

Excerpt from Midland Free Press report by Gisele Winton Sarvus on public meeting and solutions to low water levels:

Muter and Scott Warnock [Tay Township Mayor] expressed their dismay with the IJC at last summer’s meeting in Midland that was attended by about 600 people with their ears open for solutions. “They provided no viable options for water level restoration. “It means do nothing and get used to it, folks,” said Muter. An excerpt from local paper A member of the audience asked if the water levels will continue to decline if nothing is done. Muter said that’s exactly what will happen because there are no water regulation systems on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron as there is on Lake Ontario, which has remained relatively stable. Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching drain into Georgian Bay and the five Great Lakes drain, eventually, into the Atlantic Ocean. All five Great Lakes are at lower levels than normal, but lakes Huron and Michigan have lost more water than the others. Human manipulation of the St. Clair River that drains Lake Huron into Lake Erie is one of the areas that is a major cause of the lowering of Lake Huron water, said Muter, and it’s the area where remedial work should start. “The reality is that it is possible to restore water levels,” she said. The St. Clair River has become a drain from Lake Huron because of a century of human intervention that includes mining, repeated dredging, removal of wetlands and creating a steel wall on the U.S. side that causes water to flow faster and causes more erosion that results in an even deeper channel.

http://www.midlandfreepress.com/2013/03/05/action-to-restore-georgian-bay-water-levels-needed-now

This is really something to be excited about! Act now!

Invasive species, septic leaching are top concerns

State of the Lake top concerns:  According to the article by Lynnette Hintze in the Daily Inter Lake – ‘Whitefish Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “State of the Lake” program to look at areas of concern about the quality of Whitefish Lake. Mike Koopal, director of Whitefish Lake Institute, said, ‘The lake is clean and “very pristine,” but compared to its historical past, there’s evidence of some degradation.’ There are three confirmed areas of septic leachate contamination including City Beach Bay, Viking Creek and Lazy Bay area. Pharmaceuticals in the water are another emerging issue. Slimy muck is evident along the shoreline. Eurasian water milfoil is a problem in Beaver Lake. Divers pulled out weeds and installed barriers in Flathead County. Clean up of Whitefish River by removing contaminated soil from BNSF RAilway Company. BNSF contractors removed 450 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated sediment from Whitefish Lake from 1989 train derailment where diesel fuel spill into Mackinaw Bay. Questions from audience on how to prevent future derailments. A maximum of 45 trains can travel through Whitefish in a 24 hour period. Trains are often longer than 112 cars. There were 63,000 visitors to Whitefish Lake State Park last year.Economic impact of state parks in Montana is $289 million with $122 million impact here in Flathead Valley.

http://m.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_09ce80f8-77da-11e2-a534-001a4bcf887a.html