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  • Lake Michigan water-level rise affects inland waterways, study finds

    A photo of the Chicago skyline, looking north with Lake Michigan in the foreground

    2020 marked Lake Michigan’s highest water level in 120 years, experts said, and climate variance makes future water levels challenging to predict.

    Photo by Brian Kay


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    To reach Marcelo Garcia, call 217-244-4484; email

    The paper “Impact of Lake Michigan water level rise on complex bidirectional flow in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS)” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2021.10.008