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Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA)
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Current Watershed Conditions


Rivers and Streams - Normal

Date: January 10, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m.

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to extend a warning to residents and visitors to use extreme caution when close to rivers, creeks and channels. Potential increases in water levels and flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from fast flowing rivers and streams.
Lake Superior Shoreline - Flood Outlook Statement


Date: January 16, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm

This statement is in effect until (or updated before) February 15, 2020


The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is advising that Lake Superior water levels remain well above normal. There are observations, reports, or expectations of shoreline flooding or erosion currently.

According to The National Hydrological Services Great Lakes Water Levels Information, water supplies to all the Great Lakes are above their all-time average for this time of year and continue to remain well above average. Peak Lake Superior water levels along with forecasted wind may be expected to cause shoreline flooding hazards, localized flooding/erosion may occur in low-lying sections of waterfronts.

Shoreline flooding and/or erosion hazards are possible if substantial storm surge and wave action occurs. Strong shore-bound winds occurring from the north or west would pose the primary concern.

Currently, the Lake Superior water level is approximately 183.74 m IGLD85. Lake Superior has declined 4 cm over the course of this month, while on average the water level declined 8 cm in December. At the beginning of January, Lake Superior was 2 cm below the record-high beginning-of-month level set in 1986. The level is currently 37 cm above average (1918 – 2018) and 9 cm above its level of this time last year. For additional reference, the SSMRCA shoreline flooding hazard level used for planning and development review is 184.2 m.

SSMRCA wishes to remind residents to exercise caution near lakefront areas during this time, as high water levels and/or wave action may pose significant erosion, flooding and public safety hazards.

SSMRCA staff will continue to monitor Lake Superior wind conditions and lake levels closely.


For further information contact:

Anjum Amin, P.Eng.
705-946-8530 ext.# 1003