The Stream, January 21, 2022: Great Lakes Ice Coverage Could Reach Long-Term Averages


  • Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is increasing as temperatures drop, officials say.
  • A giant Antarctic glacier released more than 150 billion tons of freshwater into ocean waters around the sub-arctic island of South Georgia.
  • Heavy rains pummel Madagascar, flooding parts of its capital city.
  • New Jersey officials announce plans to replace drinking and wastewater infrastructure.

Rain and snow in California are a welcome sight for endangered salmon.

“We’ve seen fish in places that they haven’t been for almost 25 years.” – Preston Brown, director of watershed conservation for Salmon Protection and Watershed Network. A bounty of rain late last year has allowed endangered coho salmon to spawn in California’s Tomales Bay watershed. Ongoing drought in the state has made it hard for wildlife officials to keep fish populations alive, and experts say the rain hasn’t undone the megadrought’s impacts. Still, fish populations are benefitting from the recent downpours and spawn are expected to return to the waters as adults.

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Great Lakes Ice Coverage Is Increasing, Experts Say

As temperatures in the Midwest continue to drop, experts predict ice coverage on the Great Lakes could nearly reach long-term averages. Current predictions put peak cover on Lake Michigan at 38 percent, while Lake Erie could reach 71 percent and Lake Superior may hit 52 percent.

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A new study revealed that as the giant A68A Antarctic iceberg melted, 152 billion tons of water was released around the sub-arctic island of South Georgia over three months in 2020 and 2021. The emergence of freshwater could have a profound impact on marine life around the island, scientists say.

12,000 PEOPLE  

Heavy rains flooded parts of Madagascar’s capital city, killing 10 people and displacing 12,000. Officials warned of potential landslides as rains continue and a possible cyclone approaches the island. In other parts of the country, the rain has been a welcome sight to those who have suffered through extreme drought.

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New Jersey officials announced initial plans for $1 billion in federal funds for new drinking and wastewater infrastructure over the next five years. The state intends to spend $170 million this year, and will decide where exactly the funds will go based on stakeholder meetings that begin next week.

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