Confluence Conversations

October 20 - Rising Great Lakes Water Levels

Confluence Conversation Presentations and Q & A

This video contains both presentations and the Questions and Answer Session that followed

“Multiple record high levels were set on the Great Lakes in 2019 and 2020 resulting in increased risks from erosion and coastal flooding”— US Army Corp of Engineers

High Great Lake levels affect West Michigan, eroding lakeshore property, damaging public parks and natural spaces.  Experts will present data, information, and images documenting the impacts of rising lake levels.   Deanna Apps, US Army Corp of Engineers Lead Forecaster, will give a presentation entitled “Rising Great Lakes Levels”.  Curtis TerHaar, coordinator of park planning and development for Ottawa County Parks will speak on lakeshore erosion and impacts to Ottawa Parks.

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Deanna Apps, US Army Corp of Engineers Lead Forecaster, gave a presentation entitled “Rising Great Lakes Levels”. 

Deanna Apps has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Detroit District for 4 years and is the lead forecaster for Great Lakes water levels. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Oswego State University and went on to complete her Master's degree in Geography from Michigan State University. She grew up in Upstate New York and was a frequent visitor to Lake Ontario before moving to Michigan, where she was able to travel to the rest of the Great Lakes.

A copy of the presentation in PDF format can be downloaded here.

Deanna Apps

Curtis TerHaar, coordinator of park planning and development for Ottawa County Parks gave a presentation on lakeshore erosion and impacts to Ottawa Parks.  Curt is a landscape architect and land planner with 30 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of recreation and other outdoor public use areas. He started with the Ottawa County Parks system in 2005 after working at private design firms in West Michigan including his own landscape architecture design company. Curt was born and raised in Grand Haven and has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.

A copy of the presentation in PDF format can be downloaded here.

Curt TerHaar