Great Lakes water levels talk scheduled

Water sits just below the shingles on the Diversions shanty on Monday at the historic Fishtown in Leland.

TRAVERSE CITY — A free presentation about expected Great Lakes water levels will take place this week at Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus.

Michigan Sea Grant Extension in Traverse City will present a Great Lakes levels informational talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. Participants will learn what is expected for summer and fall conditions this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this month released a report that shows the lakes continued to steadily rise for several years, and this year received an extra boost from the recent winter’s heavy snowfall accumulations. The expectation is for water level records to be broken this year on Lakes Superior, St. Clair and Erie, while extremely high levels are anticipated for Lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario.

Records expected to be broken were set in the early 1950s and the mid-1980s.

Speakers will include extension educator Mark Breederland from Michigan Sea Grant and Matt Gillen, meteorologist for the National Weather Service station in Gaylord. A representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office will also be speaking.

A question-and-answer session will follow the featured speakers.

More information about the event is available at 231-922-4628, or by sending email to breederl@msu.edu online.