Chicago beaches bear brunt of climate change, erosion as Lake Michigan levels fluctuate

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Chicago’s beaches are bearing the brunt of fluctuating lake levels and worsening erosion. 

This, as Lake Michigan levels drop, following two years of record highs.

The Chicago Tribune did a deep dive into the issue this weekend as the city looks to take action to address repairs that are needed on Chicago’s lakefront. 

Casey Sebetto, coastal resilience specialist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Program and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Prairie Research Institute, says lake levels are cyclical in nature, but the extent to which lake levels have fluctuated is significant.

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