The shipping channels would have to be placed under private
ownership. The owner of the shipping channel would have to
co-operate with all other property owners to ensure a
harmonious relationship. In order to remain in business, the
shipping channels would have to stay navigable. Since
erosion in the St. Clair River has been identified as one
possible cause of water being lost from the lakes upstream,
private co-operative action would be needed to resolve that
Co-operation between owners of waterfront property on either
side of the river and the shipping company could result in
waterfront property being extended further into the channel.
The extension could be built on a foundation of rocks and
boulders supplied by the shipping company and other affected
property owners. The shipping company could also obtain
permission and co-operation from other property owners to
lay a row of rocks and boulders on the riverbed.
Over a thousand years ago the ancient Mayan engineers originated
this approach to reduce the rate at which water flowed
through tributaries that fed into larger rivers.
Their technique prevented mass flooding downriver. The Mayan
technique could be used on the floor of the St. Clair River
to reduce the volume flow rate of water from Lake Huron into
Lake St. Clair.
The approach would have to be approved by
owners of nearby waterfront properties and owners of local
fishing farms who may operate in the river. The spaces
between the rocks and boulders could become habitat for
certain fish species. There may be enough space between the
row of boulders and the keels of ships to install certain
designs of kinetic turbines across the river to generate
electric power for local use.
Reducing the water flow rate through the St. Clair River may
only be a partial solution. Other research has suggested
that changing weather pattern may result in more rainfall in
Northern Canada. That rainfall will supply rivers that flow
into Hudson Bay. There is a possibility that some of that
water could be diverted into Lake Nipigon that empties into
Lake Superior. A free market approach would involve
negotiation and co-operation with landowners in Northwestern
Ontario whose property is located at higher elevation than
Lake Nipigon and within the watershed that feeds into Hudson
Bay. Successful and mutually beneficial negotiation could
result in some of that water being diverted into Lake
Nipigon and into the Great Lakes system.