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It IS Getting Hot in Here

We’re seeing our lakes warming based on real data gathered by CSLAP volunteers. That was the message in Scott Kishbaugh’s presentation at the Kettle Lakes Speaker Series on Monday evening.

As a consequence, we have to expect a changing environment including different plants, different pests, and maybe impacts to our daily water quality.

While Kishbaugh was conservative in his statements, the crowd of nearly 50 residents were engaged, pressing him to clarify the causes and impacts of these changes. At one point, Preble town supervisor Jim Doring asked if there was scientific consensus on humans causing global warming. Kishbaugh noted that he was not an expert but that, in his opinion, the evidence seems clear.

In fact, scientific consensus is pretty clear. Here’s a Wikipedia article that summarizes and explains the view: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change . And here’s a link to the UN consensus report which provides more scientific background and is the ultimate source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change.

The takeaway from the talk is that we need to recognize that our lakes and rivers will change as the climate changes and we need to adjust management practices to accommodate these changes.  We can also take steps, both individually and as a community, to reduce global warming and preserve our environment.

Next up in our Speaker Series is Dr. Gregory Boyer on May 23 speaking on the effects of warming waters on algal blooms. Be sure to register now for this important event.