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Water Level Restoration

In the context of the International Upper Great Lakes Study water level restoration refers to providing a permanent increase in Lake Michigan-Huron water levels, relative to what they would otherwise be, by constructing structures in the St. Clair River to reduce its conveyance capacity. Restoration would compensate for past lowering of Lake Michigan-Huron resulting from natural and human-induced changes in the St. Clair River that increased the channel’s conveyance capacity. An exploratory analysis was conducted, which focused primarily on the feasibility and impacts of non-adjustable restoration structures to permanently raise Michigan-Huron levels, including: an analysis of structures proposed in past studies as well as newer technologies; the effects on water levels and flows throughout the upper Great Lakes; the impacts of different scenarios on key interest groups; and the environmental impacts and institutional issues related to building structures in the St. Clair River.
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St. Clair - Detroit Dredging & Compensation History
Review of St. Clair Compensation Options
Institutional Feasibility of St. Clair Compensating Works
Environmental Impacts of Structures in the St. Clair River
Regulation and Compensation Literature Review
Multi-Lake Regulation
Institutional & Governance Analysis
St. Clair Restoration Structure Cost Estimates
In-Stream Turbine Hydrodynamic Modelling
Hydrologic Simulation of Restoration Structures
Lake Michigan-Huron Restoration Analysis
Shared Vision Modelling