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Great Lakes Water Levels Had Near Record Lows in 2012

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All of the Great Lakes fell below their long-term averages and lower than in 2011 because of an abnormal lack of snow in recent winters and the hot, dry summer

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative EPA Advisory Board

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CHICAGO (May 31, 2012) –  In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an advisory board’s creation. This was to support federal agencies by implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The new board, the federal government’s first advisory committee on Great Lakes issues, will provide advice and … Read more

Low Great Lakes Water Levels in 2012

Great Lakes Freighter at St St. Marie

In 2011, the US Army Corps of Engineers were forecasted lower Great Lakes Water Level in 2012 for Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron.

Given the number of raw materials and agriculture affected, the reduced number of shipping days and access to key ports typically cost jobs and impact the United States economy. Each year, the amount of iron ore alone shipped through the Soo Locks is $500.4 billion.