Students Experience Lake Charlevoix (SELC) set to go on May 19 and 20
We’re hoping for good weather May 19 & 20 when the Lake Charlevoix Association and the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will be hosting county students on our annual water quality training day on Lake Charlevoix. We’ve been it so long we are now meeting students who’s parents went on the trip when they were in school. We look forward to this event each spring.
Inland Seas School Ship
Three Educational Boat Trips will be available to LCA members this summer. June 29 evening and June 30 morning and afternoon. Join us to learn about water quality issues and stresses, as well as shore land protections. Can a beautiful butterfly garden really protect the lake? Last year this event filled up fast. “In-Progress Guardians will be given priority for a spot. Registration is open at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=lakecharlevoix2015.
New In-Progress Lake Guardian Status
We are excited to announce that now owners that sign on to add lake friendly features to their shore land can qualify as part of the Lake Guardian Program. No perfect greenbelt is needed, just agreeing to move in a lake-friendly direction. Owners that sign up for this will be given priority for the Inland Seas School Ship. If you would like to be a Lake Guardian, or if you would like help in making your property more lake-friendly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beach Sanding Alert
Even a small amount of beach sanding is not good for the lake. If this summer’s higher water has you thinking of adding more sand to your beach, please think about where that old sand went. When sand washes into the lake and covers habitat areas, beneficial organisms are often eliminated. More information about beach sanding here.
Do You Treasure Lake Charlevoix? Become a Guardian!
The Lake Guardian program is designed to help everyone learn how to and then become better stewards of our beautiful lake. Read on to learn more about the program and how you can become a “Lake Guardian”. Read more.
Click Here For the Latest Water Levels Chart from US Army Corps of Engineers
Lake Charlevoix Water Levels Will Be Up This Summer,
But Not Like the Dramatic Rise We Experienced in 2014
The US Army Corps of Engineers median forecast for Lakes Michigan and Huron (of course connected to Lake Charlevoix) for this summer is likely another increase over last summer’s high level. While the winter of 14/15 was cold, The Great Lakes Basin did not have the ice cover or the snow volume that it did in 13/14. The extreme winter of 13/14 led to near record water level increases from March to December in 2014. This year a more normal season variation is expected as can be seen by viewing the graph at the link at the top of this article.
Through 2015, water levels will likely remain above the long term average.