Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Lake Erie's Shores Are Being Eroded by Heavy Rains

One reason why climate change isn't just a problem for people who live near the ocean. 

Eroded bluff and Lake Erie coastline. (Bluff Photo Credit:  Lisa Kenion) Click to Enlarge.
Extreme weather is taking a toll on coastlines – and not just along the oceans.  Lisa Kenion lives in Euclid, Ohio …

Kenion: “… right about three doors away from Lake Erie.”

At the end of her street, a tall, grassy bluff overlooks the water.  Kenion and her neighbors collectively own that land and the beach below.

Kenion:  “The bluff is about thirty feet tall so we have like a little stairwell that goes down. And we have like a little boat house that’s about halfway down the incline.”

But during heavy rain this past spring, a long narrow strip of the bluff collapsed and washed down the steep slope to the water, like a small landslide.

This type of bluff erosion is getting worse as climate change causes more extreme storms and heavy precipitation.  Waves and high water eat away at the base of lakeside cliffs, weakening the land above and making it more likely to collapse during storms.

Read more at Lake Erie's Shores Are Being Eroded by Heavy Rains

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