DETROIT — Media are invited to participate in the discussion about water levels with subject matter experts.

Officials representing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) will be available via teleconference to update media regarding this severe winter’s expected impact on Great Lakes water levels.

What: The Corps will release the latest water level report after noon, March 5, 2014. We will provide information on the latest forecast of water levels for the Great Lakes and on current Great Lakes basin conditions heading into the spring and summer months. The winter of 2013/2014 has been extreme on many different levels. Record cold temperatures, near record ice cover and record breaking snowfall will all have an impact on the water levels of the Great Lakes, with the real possibility of significantly above average seasonal rises for the second consecutive year.

When: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Just after the latest water level report is released.

Where: Via teleconference: (MEDIA only) please preregister.

How: Web Preregistration: Participants may preregister for this teleconference at ATT Connect: <>. Once you register, a confirmation page will display dial-in numbers and a unique PIN, and you will also receive an email confirmation of this information.

Why: Lake levels impact commerce, recreation, local and international economies, environmental health, habitat and species preservation, and several other significant areas of interest. It is important that the Great Lakes and international community understand the factors that are affecting lake levels so they may determine how to respond to this announcement.


The Corps of Engineers in partnership with GLERL, other federal agencies and Environment Canada monitors and forecasts water levels on the Great Lakes. After setting record low water levels on Michigan-Huron in late 2012 and early 2013, water levels on the Great Lakes have risen dramatically due to very wet conditions. In fact the seasonal rises in 2013 for both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron were double their average amounts. Conditions this winter are pointing to above average seasonal rises in 2014. Representatives from the Corps and GLERL will be able to answer questions regarding what has driven recent water level changes and what impacts can be expected this spring and summer after noon March 5.


NOAA, GLERL Website:

Detroit District Website:

For general information and the current summary, please visit The Detroit District, Corps of Engineers homepage; check out the “Water Levels” section on the right side of the site.

Additional information can be found on the “Great Lakes Information” link in the “Mission” drop down menu:

Here you can view the current water level conditions on the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair as well as some relevant Great Lakes data.

The suite of Great Lakes forecasts can be found here. The Monthly Bulletin is done once a month and has a 6-month horizon. The Weekly Forecast is performed on Thursdays and updates current Great Lakes conditions. The forecast is for the next 30 days. The Connecting Channels forecast, also produced on Thursdays provides forecasted water depths relative to chart datum in the St. Marys, St. Clair, Detroit, and St. Lawrence Rivers. The period of record of Great Lakes water levels can be viewed on this site as well. Search: Historical Great Lakes Water Level Data (1918-2013). The long-term averages as well as the record highs and lows can also be found here. Great Lakes precipitation, evaporation and snow and ice information (when applicable) can be found here. Links to the International Board of Controls can be found here as well as other assorted Great Lakes information. Up to date contact numbers for questions about Great Lakes water levels are here.

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