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MSU conference explores need for greater international cooperation to protect vital global watersheds
MLive (11/25)
The lack of international collective action on water rights and regulations often leads to conflict and the over-exploitation of this critical, common-pool resource. A Michigan State University workshop focused on improving cross-border policies for the protection of the great waters of the world.

VU students testing area waters
The Northwest Indiana Times (11/21)
Students of Valparaiso University, Ind., were at Lake Michigan to work on water quality measurements for an Environmental Protection Agency education project.

Forest Hills students put surf boards to the test in Lake Michigan
MLive (11/20)
Surf’s up! Well at least it was for some lucky students from Forest Hills Public Schools on Thursday, Nov. 19. Twenty students from each of the district’s three high schools had an opportunity to surf 10- to 12-foot waves at Grand Haven State Park, Mich.

City says yes to dock sale
Traverse City Record-Eagle (11/3)
In Traverse City, Mich., commissioners agreed to sell the coal dock marina to a group of nonprofit organizations focused on Great Lakes history, education and environmental protection to expand use for nonprofits and construct new, modern facilities.

TVDSB high school students learn about importance of Great Lakes
St. Thomas Times-Journal (10/31)
Participants at the Lake Erie Student Conference spent the day in Port Stanley, Ont., taking demonstrations on water quality testing, commercial fishing, birds of prey and the threat of invasive species.

TEACH Calendar of Events
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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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