Bringin’ Back the H20

It is no surprise that with the climate changing, that the water levels of the Great Lakes are dropping. For the past ten years the water levels have steadily decreased. Brian Ramler longs for the days when his marina on the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron used to hold fifty boats. Now Ramler says he can only hold about half of what he used to. Ramler wants the government to lend a helping hand and bring back the water to the Great Lakes. Most may see this as an awful feat, losing water from the greatest freshwater system on Earth, but some residents who live on Lake Michigan disagree. Philip Lunsford would rather have low water levels, than have high water levels. Lunsford does not want a repeat of the high water levels of the eighties, when many beach homes were destroyed. Although in the past year alone, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are five inches higher. Lake Superior is four inches higher than it was a year ago, and Lakes Michigan and Huron are six inches higher. Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior are estimated to rise three inches over the next month. Lunsford fears Lake Michigan water levels will raise if they add water to Lake Huron. Residents of the Great Lake areas are fighting over water. The battle over water levels being too low or too high has been going on for a while now. With even more research being developed about the warming climate, the battle grows stronger. Scientists and engineers combined have released a five-year study that explores some minor ways to stop the Great Lakes from dropping, and have explored an engineering project that would cost approximately eight billion dollars that would include comparisons of the Hoover Dam and Panama Canal. However, the feedback from the study advised against spending billions of dollars and using many resources.

Whitney Webb

Sources

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120330/Clash-over-Great-Lakes-water-levels

http://www.great-lakes.net/envt/water/levels/levels_current.html

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2 responses

  1. I never knew that people would want higher water levels. I would agree with the people who don’t water the water levels to rise. I would be afraid of a flood happening again as well. This is an interesting article because it brought up something that I didn’t think was an issue. I understand why the man want higher water levels but i don’t think it’s a good idea.

  2. I never knew that people would want higher water levels. I would agree with the people who don’t water the water levels to rise. I would be afraid of a flood happening again as well. This is an interesting article because it brought up something that I didn’t think was an issue. I understand why the man want higher water levels but i don’t think it’s a good idea.
    Kalaundra Hall

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