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Lake Michigan's Growing Water Levels Threaten Homes And Tourism Industry

Date Published: 01/31/2020 [Source]

Lake Michigan's water level has reached a record high for January. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lake rose 17 inches in 2019 and three more inches this past month. This is the highest Lake Michigan has been since 1986.

Sabrina Jauernic, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says onshore winds can cause flooding in low lying areas and can make erosion worse in places where it's already happening.

Erosion can increase the risk of radon exposure. When water washes away the top level of soil, it exposes the radium below the surface. About one in every 15 homes is estimated to have radon levels at or above EPA action level, and 1 billion people don't have tolerable homes.