Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Chicago discussed on Curious City
Hi I'm Linda Dominic Curiousity intern a couple of weeks ago we dove into an episode from the archives to explain why Chicago has. So many waterpipes we're continuing to feature stories that highlight environmental concerns facing the city, and today we return to episode from Twenty nineteen that covers another important issue how climate change will continue to impact Michigan. REPORTER MONICA HANG HAS MORE I'm standing on the walking path at Chicago Avenue near Lake Michigan, the city built this path just three years ago. But over the summer, it got buried under water again, pushing walkers into the bike lanes and turning the former ledge into a big puddle. It's all due to super high, lake levels levels that are freaking people out in the inspired at least one guy to ask curious city how climate changes can affect Lake Michigan. Water levels in the future he didn't want to be part of the story, but it's a great question. I mean, how far is this GonNa go should we start planning for water to just start sloshing up on the lakeshore drive soon? Well, I would say two things one when it comes to climate change the Great Lakes region is expected to fare a lot better than the coasts. To these high lake levels yet they broke some records in the spring, but this summer there still within the range of highs and lows, we've seen for hundreds of years to find out what drives these highs and lows I talked to Keith comport Lewitt's he monitors lake levels for the army. Corps of Engineers we track quantity of water that's known as the net basin supply, and that's rainfall and runoff minus evaporation. So get that the daily Lake level is basically water in water out in recent years, levels have shot up from lots of rain and not much evaporation. But about six years ago we hit record lows. So we've been at both ends of the spectrum in a very short time, and that's a Great Lakes water wars author Peter Annan's says we'll see more of the future what we're seeing now with climate change in the Great Lakes region is more rocking and rolling and water. We're seeing higher highs, lower lows, and we're seeing a movie more rapid transition from. Those lows and those highs and that's what's really driving people crazy. So we'll beaches keep disappearing or we'll hotter temperatures drive more evaporation and drops and lake levels I asked University of Michigan Professor Drew Grunwald. He does predictive modeling on the Great Lakes. It's not particularly clear whether water levels might go up through periods or down for periods of all of the computer models that are run there really isn't a persistent. Long term trend. Wow. So not even predictive models can tell us if we're headed for long-term highs or lows, but we do know will seem more volatility plus severe storms and coastal scientists Charlie should Biko says that could mean damage to the shore atmospheres warming and warmer atmosphere means more intense storms. So the more intense storms means larger waves and larger waves means more damage to structures along the shore and he's Not just talking about damage to dunes and bluffs, it's also erosion of the lake bed itself. So when the waves come in there, digging out at the bottom of the lake and the net effect of that is the water is going to be deeper than in that area, which means larger waves, making it to shore, and those large waves aren't just bad for the beach they could make swimming more dangerous to. So, to answer the question, no one is super. Sure of climate change will cause the lake to go up or down in long run but we should expect more volatile swings and lake levels, more powerful storms and some big waves that could make a mess of the shore. Is Water Mama? To be. High Water Papa Up. To. The again, aside from tracking some of your big environmental concerns, Russell still following along with parents, teachers and students to get glimpse of the new school year is like in the Chicago area. Across the board, what we're hearing is this year seems to involve a lot of hard choices for parents and guardians. Parents like Marine, Kelleher who remembers how challenging remote learning was at her daughter's CPS school last spring. The any other kids for a long time. We had way too much screen time. It was really hard to manage my job and her learning some rain decided to go in a different direction for the fall her daughter who's in sixth grade started this year at a new private school, the Chicago Free School in a small class of ten students for three days a week she attend school in person in an all outdoor classroom and the other two days she's learning remotely from home and So far marine says this new structure has been working. Well, the opportunity to go back to you go to school and I. Go to work is a big load off. It's a really big load off and even if it's not for very long because we'll be all mode again, very student just having a little break from that is great. It's a break she says, she wishes everyone had I'm really sad that like our systems aren't figuring out how to make stuff like this possible for. Money more families in the city are everybody Mississippi Rain says, the outdoor learning will only last as long as the nice weather does. Once the temperatures start to drop her daughter will be back to all remote learning. Which means this you will continue to change and we'll check back with Murray. And we'd love to hear from more parents, teachers and students about the changes. This year has brought and what changes it will continue to bring. Reach out to US curious city at WBZ DOT, Org. Or leave US voicemails at eight, eight, eight, seven, eight, nine, seven, seven, five, two. That's Eight, eight, eight, seven, eight, nine, seven, seven, five, two. We'll have more school stories for you next week. Curious. City is supported by the CONAN's Family Foundation. I'm dominant. Curious city is supported by goose silent and they're three, one, two or wheat Ale. Goose Island is working to support an amplified local pizza places in the month of October, which is national pizza month learn more at goose island dot com slash three, one to pizza..