Army Corps: All Great Lakes Expected To Set Record Highs This Year

A new record high level for Lakes Michigan and Huron is expected this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District says all of the Great Lakes are starting 2020 higher than last year, when record highs were set for Superior, Erie, and Ontario along with Lake St. Clair. The director of the Detroit District’s Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office says with Michigan and Huron, which hydrologically are considered one lake, set to hit a new high, coastal impacts and damages this year will be similar to or worse than 2019. The water levels of each lake peaked during this past summer or fall and since then have been in a seasonal decline, however, significant erosion continues in many locations as water levels remain extremely high. Strong storm systems and resulting large waves have led to substantial erosion along much of the Great Lakes coastline.