Lake Erie beaches

View of Lake Erie
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Lake Erie has been breaking water level records over the past month. In May, the lake hit its highest average monthly water level since 1918.

Scott Hardy is an extension educator for the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. He says the lake is about 30 inches above normal and while water level change is a natural cycle, recent research shows that climate change has contributed.


The term “green economy” refers to growth that’s environmentally friendly. The head of the Cleveland Water Alliance says there’s a new term growing in regional importance—that’s the blue economy.

“The blue economy or water cluster added almost 1K net new jobs…”

Lake Erie coast

A recently published study by a Kent State University researcher shows significant levels of infectious bacteria on Lake Erie beaches.