Chicago is at risk as climate change causes wild swings in Lake Michigan water levels

The Great Lakes are often called the nation’s third coast, and the past five years in the region have been the wettest on record.

While the lakes don’t exactly correlate to rising sea levels, Chicago now sits in just as precarious a position as oceanfront cities. Heavier rainfall and more frequent droughts are now causing extreme swings in the water levels of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, wreaking havoc on the city and prompting urgent action to find a fix.

Key Points
  • Heavier rainfall and more frequent droughts are now causing extreme swings in the water levels of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, wreaking havoc on the city and prompting urgent action to find a fix.

  • Record lake water levels in the winter of 2020 hampered the city’s flood prevention system, contributing to flooding downtown. This could become the new normal going forward.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating infrastructure upgrades, taking climate change into account.
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RSK: Although this phenomenon is not new (it has happened over many centuries) the change in weather extremes can wreak havoc even on the Midwest safe havens. The one thing that is true is the Midwest depends on water...whether for agriculture of manufacturing we need water.



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