Water Levels Projected 1-5 Inches Above Record High Levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron

Across the state, high water levels have already caused millions of dollars in damage to private property and public infrastructure, including roads and Michigan State Parks. Michigan’s agricultural industry has been hit particularly hard, but the state’s farmers aren’t alone, other industries may soon feel the pressure of rising waters.

On Thursday, March 26th, EGLE hosted a virtual town hall to inform residents about the impacts of high water levels and the state's response. 

Key Points from the Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Water Level Forecast. 

  • The Great Lakes Basin has seen the wettest 1-year, 2-year, 3-year, 4-year, and 5-year periods in 120+ years.
  • Water levels on all Great Lakes started 2020 higher than 2019.
  • With the exception of lakes Michigan and Huron, all other Great Lakes are forecast to peak below 2019 levels. 

Water levels on Lakes Huron and Michigan are expected to be 1-5 inches above record high levels over the next 6 months. 

  • February water levels were 17 inches higher than February 2019 level.
  • Water level on Huron/Michigan will begin their seasonal rise in April.
  • Levels are projected to peak in July (Setting new records).

Click Here to view the full webinar, featuring presentations from the Army Corps of Engineers, EGLE, MDOT, DNR and more. 

What additional resources are available for concerned residents?

EGLE has a full webpage dedicated to providing the public and local officials with information and helpful tools. Visit Michigan.gov/HighWater for more information or visit michiganoilandgas.org/blog for helpful fact sheets on everything from water level predictions to recommendations for protecting your property.

High Water Level Information for the Great Lakes, EGLE fact sheet

Current and forecast Great Lakes water levels, US Army Corps of Engineers

Living on the Coast: Protecting Investments in Shore Property on the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Shorelines Information for Permit Applicants

Great Lakes Shoreline Protection Contractors List 

Frequently Asked Questions about Shore Protection during Great Lake High Waters

Contact the Environmental Assistance Center (EAC) at 800-662-9278 or EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, if you have questions or need assistance. The EAC is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tell the operator that you are calling about shoreline erosion and you will be transferred to a field staff person.  After hours, please leave a message and someone will get back to you the next business day.

 

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