Lake Michigan water levels are rising, and, as a result, beaches are shrinking.
The lake's water levels have gone up four feet since reaching a record low back in January 2013. By summer's end, water levels could be just one foot below the all-time high set in 1986.
Although higher waters are good for boaters, shippers and animals, they have resulted in erosion at beaches and other shoreline areas. For example, the water has swallowed up a dog beach in Evanston and reduced beaches in Chicago.
Keith Kompoltowicz with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit explained the reason behind Lake Michigan's rising water levels.
"Even though Chicago didn't experience a lot of snow and runoff this year, it was still recovering from the runoff from the prior two winters and had more rainfall in comparison with the past," he told the Chicago Tribune. "To simply put it, the problem is more water is coming into the lakes than leaving."