Water Measurement and Accounting of Lake Michigan Diversion

by W. H. Espey, Jr., Huston & Associates, Inc, United States,
Harry H. Barnes, Jr., Huston & Associates, Inc, United States,
David E. Westfall, Huston & Associates, Inc, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management

Abstract: The diversion of water from Lake Michigan and the Lake Michigan Basin into the Mississippi River Basin has been regulated since the turn of the century. The U.S. Supreme Court Decree of 1967, Wisconsin vs Illinois, enjoined the State of Illinois from diverting waters of Lake Michigan and its watershed into the Illinois River system. In 1980 the Court amended its decree to adopt changes to the methodology and criteria for compliance. Included was the provision for the determination of best current engineering practice and scientific knowledge by a three-member technical committee to be appointed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at intervals of five years. The first and second technical committees were convened in 1981 and 1986, respectively. This paper discusses the technical committees' findings and recommendations, including diversion criteria, diversion components, diversion flow measurement, and other aspects of the subject.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Spillways | Flow measurement | Water flow | River flow | Water resources | River systems | Basins | Lake Michigan | North America | United States | Illinois | Wisconsin | Mississippi River

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