This past year has thrown into focus just how important water levels of the Great Lakes can be to life onshore.
Levels for the Great Lakes have been dancing around record highs for much of this year. Storms coming onshore over this year’s elevated lakes caused rapid erosion that threatened homes. Drownings were up 50 percent across the Great Lakes through parts of this year, in part, because of elevated lake levels. As Lakes Michigan and Huron slide up toward the record again, it’s important to note that lake level uncertainty could be a feature of onshore life well into the future.