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The lakefront is one of the most valuable assets of your land—beyond the view, access to and use of one of the greatest natural resources can exponentially enhance not only your personal enjoyment but also the long-term economic benefit of your property.


Record-shattering Great Lakes water levels could be even higher in 2020

It appears 2020 won’t bring relief from high Great Lakes water levels — and they could be even higher than this past record-shattering spring and summer. Following a generally rainy September, measurements by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show every Great Lake, and Lake St. Clair, well above long-term monthly average water levels for October — almost 3 [&hellip

15-year era of low Great Lakes water levels is over, scientists say

While good for shipping and recreational boating, rising water levels bring the prospect of more erosion, less beachfront property and more skirmishes over private property rights. TNS Regional News Dec 11, 2014 Federal scientists said Wednesday they are fairly confident the 15-year era of low Great Lakes water levels is over. Apply for quick cash [&hellip

Winnetka Park District Awarded $119,000 IDNR Coastal Grant

Winnetka Park District: April 21, 2014 On April 19, 2014 the Winnetka Park District was awarded $119,000 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Illinois Coastal Grants Program. This is a matching fund grant to develop the Winnetka Park District Lakefront Master Plan. Governor Quinn made this announcement at a press conference at Oak Street [&hellip

Are Lake Levels on the Rise?

Charles Shabica, Ph.D., P.G.: Spring 2014 One day in April 2014, Lake Michigan water level was up 2 ½ feet as compared to last year. According to observations documented by NOAA, Lake Michigan’s water level reached 579.2′ (IGLD 1985) at Calumet Harbor on April 14, 2014. That’s 2 ½ feet above the average lake level from [&hellip

Great Lakes Water Levels and Sustainable Shores

ASBPA Coastal Voice: February 2013 by Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D., Great Lakes Chapter president A universal phenomenon in the Great Lakes is cyclical lake levels. Since the late 1990s, water levels have been in a downward cycle and reached near record lows in early 2013. If low lake levels continue, shipping and recreational boating will [&hellip

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