Rip Currents: Try Not to Get Carried Away

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.

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Fixing Household Leaks

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.

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Reducing water use while traveling

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.

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Your water footprint and the food you eat

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.
Shrinking your water “footprint”… on this CurrentCast.

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La Niña is no longer in the fall winter forecast

This summer, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 12 month outlook included the probability, but not certainty of La Nina developing in the Fall. We discussed that in our latest newsletter that recently went out. However, in USACE’s new October outlook which came out after the newsletter went to print, “The El Niño Southern Oscillation index is no longer forecasted to develop into a LA Niña for the fall and winter.”

Regional weather prediction has no certainty with so many factors affecting it. For water levels, NOAA’s computer simulation predictions depends on many different inputs, the most important being overlake precipitation, overlake evaporation, and rainfall induced runoff. In it’s Oct 12 month outlook, NOAA is saying “[El Niño Southern Oscillatio] or ENSO-neutral conditions exist and the forecast is favoring that ENSO-neutral conditions will persist through the winter.”

See what the October 2016, 12 month outlook reports:

12MonthSimulation/WLOutlookSummary


How Deep Are The Great Lakes

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.

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5 things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint

5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

At Georgian Bay Forever, we believe explaining, identifying cause and helping to manage solutions to mitigate climate change are critical for the future of Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes. But as individuals, climate change impacts and being able to help can seem overwhelming and hard to figure out.

Some of you have asked - what can we do? The good news is you can do something everyday, and influence others by your example!

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A view from the Paris climate talks

Written by Jonathan Scott. Jonathan Scott is a law student and writer living in the United Kingdom.

It’s Friday evening, midway through the COP21 Climate Change Conference, and there’s an event for the young activists assembled to pressure their governments into action. It’s a spoken word night in an extraordinary location.

The old Gare Ornano in the 18th arrondissement opened in 1869, closed in 1934 and has been the site of La Recyclerie, an urban farm and vegan café, since 2014. Picture lots of exposed beams and a loft overlooking the main, cafeteria-style hall, with stations to scrap your food waste into the composter and no plastic allowed. There’s a queue outside, filled with Australian, Dutch and American activists arriving late. A man tries to sell fruit and beads without much luck. (I didn’t realize it that evening, but the garden outside is built in the old, unused train tracks running into the converted station, part of a network of reclaimed train corridors throughout Paris.) Read More


Confused by the El Niño weather effect on lake levels for Huron Michigan?

Post updated January 19, 2016 and noted inside

El Niño is a weather pattern created from the interaction of the atmosphere and the ocean producing warmer than normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. Even though it occurs at the equator, it produces weather conditions globally – including in the Great Lakes Region.

Water levels are impacted by many variables including short term weather like El Niño and longer term climate conditions. It is important to understand both.

Weather Vs. Climate

image that shows conflicting road signs

NOAA describes it these ways:

  • Weather is what you might see outside on any given day, while climate is the average of that weather over a longer time period.
  • “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.”

Long term outlook – According to most scientists water levels for Lake Huron-Michigan are likely to continue to decline over the longer term due largely to climate change – however,  short-term variations of extreme highs due to flashier storms are possible.

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