Buoy Gates on the Great Lakes?


Here’s an interesting one: installing inflatable gates to ‘buoy’ low lake levels. Many of you may be aware that the Great Lakes, Huron and Michigan, in particular, dropped to record low levels last summer. This has sparked discussion about how to reverse this trend. As this Detroit Free Press article by Ann Zaniewski mentions, the longer lake levels remain low, the more damage accumulates. This has also been a concern for recreation, such as boating. What it does not explain is exactly what this infrastructure would look like. Nonetheless, it is an interesting read and suggests something I never really thought was feasible.

Source: Detroit Free Press, April 26, 2013

Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

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