Here’s why you need to pay attention to rising water levels in Lake Michigan

By Caley Chelios

Lake Michigan’s water levels have risen significantly since hitting an all-time low two years ago. Levels are three feet higher than they were in January 2013. The resurgence of water has had a positive effect on commercial shipping, recreational boaters and our ecosystems. However, not all the effects have been positive. The increased water levels have led to significant erosion that has depleted Chicago beaches and may damage unprotected shoreline properties throughout the summer.

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Photo at top: Downtown Chicago Boating Harbor. (Caley Chelios/MEDILL)