Lakes Michigan and Huron are at their lowest water level since 1918, reports The Detroit Free Press. That’s when measurements began, so the water is lower than it has ever been since then. The lakes are now 29 inches below the average and have dropped 17 inches since January 2012.
Some place the blame on nature. For more than 10 years, the lakes have seen below-average rain and snowfall, and increased evaporation due to higher temperatures. Others say increased dredging has lowered the water levels by making certain parts of the lakes deeper than they would otherwise be.
The Army Corps is considering a proposal to construct a series of structures that would control the water levels in the lakes and increase the water level overall.