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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Save the River looks to boost its education program
TWC News - Syracuse, NY (8/20)
A volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to protecting the St. Lawrence River has published a book to benefit the cause.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance aims to raise awareness of Bay City's schooner Appledore, other STEM teaching tools
MLive (8/20)
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance ambassadors and board members, joined Bay City, Mich. area educators and members of the media for a STEM excursion aboard the schooner Appledore IV.

Local teachers travel to study lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/4)
An Indiana high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a weeklong summer program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

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Water levels on the Great Lakes

3 | History repeating itself

Long-term water level fluctuations are shown on a hydrograph, a plot of lake levels versus time. The hydrographs on this page show average monthly water levels for each of the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair since the middle of the 19th century. Levels have been measured on most lakes since 1865, with the current network of water level gages operating since 1918.

As the hydrographs illustrate, Great Lakes water levels tend to follow a cyclical pattern. The Great Lakes system experienced extremely high water levels in the 1870s, early 1950s, early 1970s, mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Extremely low water levels were experienced in the late 1920s, mid-1930s, mid-1960s, and in the late 1990s leading up to today.

Lake Superior
Lake Superior historical levels. Click to see larger image.

Lakes Michigan-Huron
Lakes Michigan-Huron historical levels. Click to see larger image.

Lake St. Clair
Lake St. Clair historical levels. Click to see larger image.

Lake Erie
Lake Erie historical levels. Click to see larger image.

Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario historical levels. Click to see larger image.

See also: Current Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels

Graphics courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

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