Study: Low Great Lakes water levels will be costly

A study finds that if water levels remain low on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River they will have a negative economic impact on the region that could reach $18 billion by 2050.
AP Wire
Jun 27, 2014

 

The report released Thursday by the Mowat Centre used a climate-change scenario that projects future water levels near the low end of the historic range. According to the study, much of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin beginning in 1997-98 has experienced the longest extended period of lower water levels since coordinated measurement began in 1918.

The entities that would face an economic hit include recreational boating and fishing; commercial shipping and harbors; and rural groundwater users.

The study was conducted for the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

The study: http://mowatcentre.ca/low-water-blues

Comments

Keeneye

well MAYBE we should stop large bottled water companies like nestle from draining huge aquafers north of Grand Rapids and shipping it to the driest bidder. However this is a monstrous conglomerate, they may own a U.S. politician or two. Not to mention, Asia is buying incredible amounts of a water rich crops for their livestock ALFALFA. Just sayin

happycamper

That is only a 30 year study, how about the 100 year flood plain value that FEMA uses and is a basis how they rate you insurance, beside,s, water is not the only way to transport good,s across our great country, if the water level ever, became that low, the railroad industry sure would make a living

 

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