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Preliminary Study of Structural Compensation Options for the St. Clair River

W. F. Baird & Associates;
A review was made of possible structural works in the St. Clair River to compensate for water level impacts of past dredging thus restoring the pre-dredging head-difference between Lake Michigan-Huron and Lake Erie. A range of structures that would facilitate future water flow regulation to mitigate the impacts of variable Great Lakes water supplies were also reviewed. Discussions on the performance, and the pros and cons of these structures are presented. Fixed compensating works include sills, weirs, and training wall structures. Adaptive options for flow regulation include gates, ice booms, hydropower plant and in-stream power generation that would facilitate partial to full flow regulation.
Structural Compensation Options for St. Clair River
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Main Topics
St. Clair River
Water Level Restoration
Questions We Asked
Can restoration of Michigan-Huron levels address extremes?
Key Findings
Restoration structures in the St. Clair are technically possible but costly
Remedial measures should not be taken in the St. Clair