Lake levels below average
Written by The Mining Journal   
Saturday, 01 July 2006 04:42

According to the International Lake Superior Board of Control, the water supplies to the Lake Superior basin and the Lakes Michigan-Huron basin were both much below their respective long-term averages for June.

Currently, the Lake Superior level is about eight inches below its long-term average beginning-of-July level, and is six inches below the level recorded a year ago. This past month the level of Lake Superior rose by about a half inch, while usually it rises by three inches during June.

The board has set the Lake Superior outflow at the same level as July. This outflow rate — 2,140 cubic meters per second — is the recommended rate set by the regulation plan for the month of July.

The level of Lakes Michigan-Huron remained nearly constant this June, while on average the level of these lakes rise by 2 inches in June.

The level of Lakes Michigan-Huron is now about 18 inches below its long-term average beginning-of-July level, and is 3 inches lower than a year ago. The board continues to monitor conditions both on Lake Superior and downstream and will advise the International Joint Commission on those conditions.
 
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