Category Archive: Water & Climate Change

Oct 01

Great Lakes Observing System

Buoy oh buoy… The Great Lakes are wonderful places for boating and fishing. But they can also be dangerous, so it’s important to know the lake conditions before going out. Now, a system of near-shore buoys provides boaters with information about air and water temperature, wave height, currents, wind direction and speed… According to Kelli …

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Sep 12

Great Lakes Water on the Move

Lake Erie water is on the move! Listen up: In the Great Lakes, changes in wind and air pressure can spawn what are called seiches. “Imagine water in a sink or a bathtub sloshing back and forth—it bounces off one end, and then it bounces off the other, that’s what we call a seiche, it’s really …

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Sep 07

When Sharing is Not Caring

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to spare say these 8 states: We’ve always been taught to share. But the eight Great Lakes states have a legal pact that limits the sharing of their most valuable resource: water. Molly Flanagan of the Alliance for the Great Lakes states, “Even though there’s a lot of water …

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Aug 29

Of Ice and Mittens, Or, How the Great Lakes Formed

What does a long-gone glacier have to do with Michigan being shaped like a mitten? Pretty much everything. Listen up: Let’s go back about 14,000 years to what’s now the Great Lakes region. Back then, the entire area was covered with a sheet of ice that averaged a half-mile thick, but was up to four …

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Aug 14

Climate change in the Great Lakes

Warmer temperatures, extreme rainfall followed by periods of prolonged drought… “Those are just some of the tips of the climate change iceberg, and we’re already seeing those impacts,” according to Jane Elder of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board. Her group advises the International Joint Commission, the bi-national body that manages the Great Lakes. Local leaders …

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