Is Lake Superior Going to Be Fresh Out of Water?

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The Great Lakes are one of the largest freshwater systems in the world, and Lake Superior is the largest and the deepest of the five lakes. But in 2007, water levels almost reached a record low, causing unease and uncertainty among the local population. Due to the decline of the water levels, it is evident that Canada should invest more funds into improving the Great Lakes system, as there is much more Canada can and should do to lessen economic and environmental impacts. First, Canada’s current management of the Lake's conditions is inadequate. The outflow of the water through Sault Ste. Marie and into other Great Lakes is not being tracked accurately (“Lake Superior: Where…”). Currently, it isn’t certain as to how much water actually leaves the lake, as there is a lack of data available to be analyzed. When the water leaving Lake Superior is monitored, more information can be gathered about the further decline of freshwater in the Great Lakes. The Lakes’ effect on erosion must also be tracked, due to the collecting of gravel, or dredging, from the St. Clair River at the base of Lake Huron, as water from Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron, flows out by the river and into the United States (“Lake Superior: Where…”). Lake Superior’s water flows downstream into Lakes Michigan and Huron, and even more will escape, with declining water levels in Michigan and Huron. The Great Lakes Commission wishes to gather more data about the situation, but homeowners in the St. Clair River area are pressuring the Commission to stop its erosion now to prevent further excessive drainage sooner than the data can be collected. Regarding the research, the $17.5 million study by the International Joint Commission into the Lakes’ fluctuating water leve... ... middle of paper ... ...Levels Dredge Up Tourism." Northern Ontario Business 27.3 (2007): 7-8. Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. McGuinness, Eric. "GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS DROP; CARGO SHIPS LIGHTEN THEIR LOAD AND SOME LAKEFRONT COTTAGES ARE NOW INLAND." Hamilton Spectator, The (ON) n.d.: Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. Mitcher, John G.. "Down the Drain: The Incredible Shrinking Great Lakes."National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. . "Never-ending Motion: Lake Superior's Wetlands." Minnesota Sea Grant. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. . "Readers Want to Know." Minnesota Sea Grant. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. .

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