Climate change, other factors, damaging Lake Superior, nearby communities
Living in southeastern Wisconsin means appreciation and concern for Lake Michigan, but as I've often noted on this blog - -
- - counties and property to our north along Lake Superior and in its watershed have been seeing increasingly stormy, damaging weather and other severe consequences.
Storm damage Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer Co. Hwy 63 N of Grand View washed out. #wiwx pic.twitter.com/6q7APXVVtX
8:36 AM - 12 Jul 2016
A new Northland College report says this worsening situation demands attention and action:
Increase in Storm Severity Creates Water Quality Problems for Lake Superior
Experts point to increased intensity of storms — likely associated with climate change — historic land use practices, and erodible soils specific to the south shore of Lake Superior as the reasons behind increased sedimentation rates, escalated infrastructure damage, and the first-recorded widespread blue-green algal blooms in the lake...
The most noteworthy development in this storm-driven “new normal” is the appearance of potentially toxic blue-green algal blooms.
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