Report Says Great Lakes Region Warming Faster Than The U.S.

Mar 21, 2019

Great Lakes water temperature trends
Credit Environmental Law and Policy Center

A scientific report says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought.  

The warming climate also could mean less overall snowfall even as lake-effect snowstorms get bigger, according to the report released Thursday by a team of researchers from universities primarily from the Midwest.  

The report also predicts more severe algae blooms in the Great Lakes, which make it unsafe for swimming and increase the costs of treating the water.  

Farming could be hit especially hard, with heavy rains delaying spring planting and dry spells requiring more irrigation during summer.  Beaches, dunes and shorelines will be more vulnerable to erosion.  

The Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center commissioned the report, which is available here.