Ohio Sea Grant

View of Lake Erie
Jeff St. Clair / WKSU

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.

photo of Team Dragonflys from Dragon Boating Festival
ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

An upcoming conference in Cleveland will tackle marine debris, the pieces of plastic that wash up on the river, ocean or Great Lake shores.  It's a issue that has affected the health and appearances of beaches around the world.

Marine debris also has a deadly effect on wildlife, especially birds.