An article that appeared in the last issue of GLAHNews (Summer 2005) described a study by W.F. Baird & Associates Coastal Engineers of Toronto, and commissioned by the Georgian Bay Association, which has found that Lakes Michigan and Huron have permanently lost a foot of water from erosion in the St. Clair River caused by dredging and other man-made causes. The Baird study puts the permanent loss of Lake Huron water at 845 million gallons per day. Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller (R- 10th District) is working to get to the bottom of the erosion issue.
Congresswoman Miller’s district abuts the St. Clair River and she has recently stepped up as a St. Clair River and Great Lakes champion by persuading the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a follow-up study on the St. Clair River erosion, and offer possible solutions. The funding was included in the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act of 2005, which recently passed the House and now must be approved by the Senate. Congresswoman Miller also worked to get $5 million authorized for the Corps of Engineers to conduct habitat restoration and combat invasive species in Lake St. Clair.