Category Archive: Water & Climate Change

Nov 02

Wetlands, Extreme Rain, and Climate Change

Wetlands slow and absorb water, making them critical for flood control as extreme weather becomes more common. Slow down and absorb this: Wetlands were once seen as boggy, buggy swamps with no value. Many were filled in and paved over to make room for new development. William Coon, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey, …

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Nov 01

Climate Woes in Pennsylvania Waterways

Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone State. Shen: “If we were to summarize the changes that Pennsylvania is facing in two words, that would be warmer and wetter.” Chaopeng Shen of Penn State says climate change affects fresh water, in part because unusually warm weather helps foster algal blooms that can contaminate water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/climate-woes-in-pennsylvania-waterways/

Oct 31

The Rise and Fall of Lake Levels

Water levels in the Great Lakes fluctuate naturally through the year. Here’s why that matters: The cycle of high and low water levels in the Great Lakes matters to the whole country. Why? Glad you asked! When the water level in the Great Lakes fluctuates, it affects everyone differently—from commercial shippers carrying heavy loads, to lakefront property …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-climate-change/fluctuating-lake-levels/

Aug 14

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-climate-change/great-lakes-observing-system/

Jul 20

Causes of Erosion

Eroding Great Lakes shorelines… learn more: The Great Lakes coastal shorelines are eroding. “Sometimes it’s slow and you might not even be thinking about it, and other times it can be a very rapid and scary,” Michael Mohr of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He says ice, wind, and waves cause erosion…but storms can really …

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