Minneapolis Star Tribune: Experts say Great Lakes water level changes inevitable, plan study on how people can adapt

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Great Lakes levels will continue rising and falling in often unpredictable ways and people should learn to deal with the changes instead of trying to tame nature with costly engineering projects, experts said Thursday.

Donald Scavia, director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute, announced a wide-ranging study of ways to adapt to up-and-down water levels during a seminar at which about 50 Great Lakes policymakers, scientists and advocates debated whether further efforts to control the inland seas would be worth the trouble.

“Lake levels are varying and they’re going to continue to vary,” Scavia said. “The question we should be focusing on is, how do you live with the variability instead of where do you put the next dam.”

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