2 Great Lakes Hit Record Lows on Water Level
Lakes Huron and Michigan continue to drop
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2013 4:26 PM CST
Ice floats on the Lake Michigan during a cold day in downtown Chicago on Feb. 1.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the US Army Corps of Engineers said today, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation. Measurements taken last month show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since record-keeping began in 1918. The lakes were 29 inches below their long-term average and had declined 17 inches since January 2012.

The other Great Lakes—Superior, Erie and Ontario—were also well below average. "We're in an extreme situation," says a corps official. The low water has caused heavy economic losses by forcing cargo ships to carry lighter loads, leaving boat docks high and dry, and damaging fish-spawning areas. The corps might reconsider a long-debated proposal to place structures in a river to reduce the flow of water away from lakes Huron and Michigan, which are connected.

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Feb 7, 2013 8:55 AM CST
You guys are all a bunch of morons. Not one of you know that the Chinese are stealing our water supply from the Great Lakes.
Feb 7, 2013 8:54 AM CST
This is not global warming or climate change. The CHINESE are stealing our water supply from the Great Lakes. They have been doing it for years. They contaminated their aquifers with their large building projects and now they are stealing our water in legal ways by bottling the water from rivers that feed the Great Lakes and then resupplying their aquifers. They will dry up the lakes if we don't stop them. Only problem is that these corporations run our political system.
Feb 7, 2013 7:08 AM CST
It all flows over Niagra Falls, close the drain. LOL