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It’s Evaporation Season (Normally)

December 6, 2019 Lydia Salus, Coastal Resilience Project Assistant, Wisconsin Sea Grant   One question our team has been hearing a lot lately is “what will cause Lake Michigan’s water levels to go back down?” This is the perfect time of the year to discuss this question because the fall and winter seasons are typically…
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December 2019 Water Level Update

December 6, 2019 By Lydia Salus, Coastal Engineering Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant    The water levels on all the Great Lakes remain above average into December. Lake Michigan is currently at the same level as the highest monthly average that was set for the Lake in December of 1986. However, the Great Lakes Basin…
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November 2019 Great Lakes Water Level Update

November 22, 2019 By Adam Bechle, Coastal Engineering Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant  The water levels on all the Great Lakes remain high, with every lake within seven inches of it’s record high water level for the month of November. A wet October saw precipitation that was was 46% above average across the Great Lakes.…
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Great Lakes Water Levels Informational Meeting – October 17th in Bayside, WI

By Adam Bechle, Coastal Engineering Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant  On the evening of October 17th, an informational meeting on Great Lakes water levels was held at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside, WI. Speakers from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service, and Wisconsin Sea Grant provided an review…
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October 2019 Great Lakes Water Level Update

October 29, 2019 By Lydia Salus, Project Assistant, Wisconsin Sea Grant  The water levels on all the Great Lakes remain high, with every lake above its long-term average monthly mean. Lake Superior is within one inch of its highest monthly mean recorded for October. Lakes Erie, Ontario, and Michigan-Huron have begun their “seasonal decline” and…
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September 2019 Great Lakes Water Level Update

September 25, 2019 By Adam Bechle, Coastal Engineering Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant  The water levels on all of the Great Lakes remain very high, with every lake above or within a few inches of its record high monthly mean. Lakes Superior and Erie broke their record high monthly mean for August while Lake Michigan-Huron…
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Southeastern Wisconsin’s Opportunities to Increase Coastal Resilience

By Lydia Salus & Adam Bechle, Wisconsin Sea Grant   A Coastal Resilience Self-Assessment was provided to staff and decision-makers of Southeastern Wisconsin’s coastal counties and municipalities to help them weigh the effects of coastal hazards and begin to consider planning and mitigation actions which may increase the coastal resilience of their community. This Self-Assessment…
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August 2019 Lake Michigan Water Level Update

August 27, 2019 By Adam Bechle, Coastal Resilience Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant  The water levels on all of the Great Lakes remain very high, with every lake above or within a few inches of its record high monthly mean for August. Looking back at the month of July 2019, Lakes Superior, Erie, and Ontario…
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Resources for Great Lakes Coastal Property Owners: Where do I start?

By Lydia Salus & Adam Bechle, Coastal Resilience Project Team, Wisconsin Sea Grant   Where do I start? Coastal hazards like erosion and flooding along Wisconsin’s Great Lakes coasts can be a threat to properties, particularly when water levels are high. Below is a list of available tools and resources to help individuals understand coastal…
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Evaporation & Water Levels

July 25, 2019 By Lydia Salus, Coastal Resilience Project Assistant, Wisconsin Sea Grant   The summer heat and sun will cause some of the high water to evaporate from Lake Michigan, right? Actually, evaporation on the Great Lakes is driven by water temperature, not air temperature. Evaporation takes place when the water is warmer than…
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