Great Lakes Flooding

**UPDATE** The June 2020 Army Corp of Engineer’s forecast predicts even higher water levels. 

Great Lakes water levels are experiencing extremes – mostly much higher, and sometimes lower. Lakefront erosion and flooding are already causing destruction to many shoreline communities around Lake Michigan, including eastern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, Illinois’ Chicagoland, and western Michigan. Increased flooding along the Great Lakes shoreline (and Mississippi River) will greatly impact people’s lives as these trends continue. Our government needs to step up preparedness actions, soon.

The science is clear climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region. Just take a look at our state-of-the-science Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes, and Recommended Policy Solutions. If you click on the map to the right, you will see how ELPC is exploring options for shoring up communities and rethinking the built environment in light of climate change realities. We can make the Midwest more resilient in the face of oncoming challenges, and our local scientists are critical partners in this work.

Check out our latest ELPC Thinks webinar below with Dr. Drew Gronewold, Associate Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. We discuss the history of Great Lakes water levels, where they are today, where they’re going, and our preparedness levels. Below the video, you’ll find Dr. Gronewold’s slides and two publications on the science of Great Lakes flooding.

Rising Water Levels Across the Great Lakes 
Dr. Andrew Gronewold ELPC Thinks Presentation

Coasts, water levels, and climate change: A Great Lakes perspective

Water Loss from the Great Lakes



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