Water Levels and Flows
While Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron water levels remain above average, the risk of high-water impacts remains. Lake Superior outflows continue to be set in consideration of high levels upstream and downstream.
As the global climate changes, so do conditions in the Great Lakes. In coming decades, the Great Lakes are expected to see warmer waters, more frequent and intense storms, less ice cover and greater fluctuations in water levels.
This is the fourth article in a series highlighting how communities along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are using innovative solutions to adapt to the current period of high water levels, focusing on work in Minnesota and Ontario to prepare for extreme water levels in the future.
A team at Indiana University is developing guidance to help communities plan for and adapt to climate change in the Great Lakes. The focus is on helping people prepare for that early period in a flood event before local, state or federal help is available.
The Current February 2021