Great Lakes Water Levels

March 15th, 2013 at 2:37 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Michigan Sunset Jack Martin   Lake Michigan sunset from March 8 by Jack Martin submitted to ReportIt.  Click here to see the picture full screen.  The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is up one inch in the past month.  It’s down 14″ in the past year and is 26″ below the long-term average.  However, the level is now 2 inches higher than the lowest level for March, reached in 1964.   The highest level for March occurred in 1986, when the level was 58″ higher than it is today.  Lake Superior is down one inch in the last month (though it’s going to go up when the snow melts up there…Thursday morning, the Marquette Airport had 41″ of snow on the ground, Twin Lakes was at 39″ and high honors goes to Hoist Basin with an incredible 56″ of snow on the ground!  They are working toward five feet of snow cover!).  Lake Superior is still UP one inch in the past year and remains 11″ below the century average.   Lake St. Clair is up 6″ in the last month.  Lake Erie and Ontario were both up 2″ in the last month.  Lake Erie is still 7″ below the long-term March average and Lake Ontario is 4″ below the long-term average.  The Grand River flow at G.R. at 2:30 AM Fri. was 10,300 cubic feet per second, compared to an average for 3/15 of 6,800 cfs.  River levels are above average.  Also, the Army Corps of Engineers has just surveyed the Kalamazoo River at Saugatuck and found it deep enough for cruise ships and why Door County, NE of Green Bay is windy.

10 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. Gary Ritter says:

    Hi Bill;
    So what effect is Nestle having on our water table? The last count I have found, is that they are pumping 770,000 gallons per day out of there wells.
    I also noticed that the state has approved another 1200 commercial wells to drill.
    FYI, that 770,000 gals per day is just in Michigan, they also have wells in Canada. Maybe else where I don’t know?

    Love To All;
    Gary Ritter

    1. Cal says:

      Do the arithmetic. Nestle uses the equivalent of 0.00000009 percent of Lake Michigan water per year. (9.36E-8)percent or (9.36E-10) as a fraction.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Or: the daily equivalent of diverting the water from the Grand River for 10 seconds. Ironically, I was just calculating water volume on another river. so know that there are 7.48 gallons per cubic foot of water. The rest is just math.

        1. Pat G Garfield Park GR says:

          Just a silly thought…if Nestle sells all of its water in Michigan, EVENTUALLY, it will leave the human body after being consumed, and make its way back into the earth/lake/river?

  2. Jack says:

    Sweet Pic. Mr. Martin. !!!!!! Water Levels Going Up is Sweet Music to My Soul. !!!!!! Spin: ;-)

  3. Skot says:

    Jack,….You seriously need to publish your pictures.!!!

  4. Niki says:

    I wonder how much of that we can contribute to Nestle and the like of it. That topic has yet to be seriously addressed. How long before it isn’t a lake anymore?

  5. GunLakeDeb says:

    Jack Martin posts another knock-your-socks-off-BEAUTIFUL picture!!!!

  6. Jack Martin ( Fennville, Michigan) says:

    Thank You Bill and everyone! Nice to see the river levels up and above average so far. We are very blessed to be surrounded by such beauty here in West Michigan! Surely looking forward to some Spring now! Have a safe and great weekend!

  7. Barb says:

    The cities that take their water from Lk. Michigan, etc. likely have a far greater effect on water levels than Nestle.

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