May 2021: with an early freshet this year, and hot and dry weather in many regions in May, there is the possibility of a low water situation this year. Read one particular news release from Otonabee Conservation.
For FOCA members with properties in regions covered by a Conservation Authority (CA), consult your local CA which issues high and low water alerts on an ongoing basis.
Most CAs include “red-orange-yellow-green” warnings on their website landing pages, and may also have an e-list you can subscribe to, for regular updates.
- see: Environment Canada Great Lakes Water Levels – recent and historical water levels and forecasts
- for more on the top of low water, visit the FOCA webpage: Great Lakes Strategy and Action – OVERVIEW
- for the opposite issue – high water – visit the FOCA webpage: High Water & Flood Events in Cottage Country
June 2014: A report has been released by the Mowat Centre and Council for the Great Lakes Region, saying water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin “fell dramatically” in 1997-98 and haven’t recovered.
The report puts a hefty price tag on the cost of low water to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region: more than $19.3 billion by 2050.
The full report is available for download, here: Low Water Blues An Economic Impact Assessment of Future Low Water Levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River (PDF, 120 pages)
Read the CBC article on the subject, including the role of climate change in the mix, by clicking here…
Citizens concerned about low water levels in Georgian Bay can connect with the group, “Stop the Drop” here: www.stopthedrop.ca
Feb 2013: Great Lakes hit record-low water levels – Toronto Star article