Great Lakes News

Great Lakes News

Lake Michigan Rises by 4 Feet


Beach-goers on Lake Michigan might have to contend with less sand and more water this summer. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the lake has risen 4 feet since January 2013. These high tides have contributed to diminishing beaches and damage along Chicago’s lakefront walking paths. However, officials are not too worried: Water levels usually rise and fall with the seasons. Deep freezes — such as the ones the region has seen the past few winters — and slow evaporation may also eventually lead to higher water levels. In fact, in 2013 before the rise in water levels, Lake Michigan was near record lows.


Photo by Xanic Lopez

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