Thursday, June 07, 2012

Climate Change and the controversy over Great Lake levels


In this controversy about adjusting the Great Lakes water levels few mention the influence of Climate Change. In the report “Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region |Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems” by The Union of Concerned Scientists and The Ecological Society of America, the Great Lakes will experience lower lake levels due to evaporation because of less ice cover.

This will affect hydroelectric plants, nuclear plants, and shipping. I don’t hear anyone on either side of this lake level issue, bringing up what might be the most powerful influence on lake levels—Climate Change.

Lake level plan draws hundreds to meeting | Democrat and Chronicle | A meeting on Wednesday to discuss a proposed plan to change regulations that govern water levels in Lake Ontario drew hundreds of people to Hilton’s Quest Elementary School. “We believe this is a solution that may not work to a problem that does not exist,” said Jack Steinkamp of Sodus Point, Wayne County. He was among many who attended the meeting to oppose the proposal, which lakeshore property owners believe will cause more erosion, property and infrastructure damage.  (June 7, 2012) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York |

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