Two Great Lakes Drop to Lowest Level Ever

by Nate Wooley | February 6, 2013 12:11 pm

Two Great Lakes Drop to Lowest Level Ever

drought6 Two Great Lakes Drop to Lowest Level Ever[1]The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says two of the Great Lakes are lower than ever recorded.

Lakes Michigan and Huron are at their lowest water level since 1918, reports[2] 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.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/drought6.jpg
  2. reports: http://www.freep.com/article/20130206/NEWS06/302060091/Lakes-Huron-Michigan-lowest-water-levels-recorded
  3. Another Drought Ahead – Prepare Now!: http://investorplace.com/2013/01/another-drought-ahead-prepare-now/
  4. Beef Prices to Hit Record High in 2013: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/beef-prices-to-hit-record-high-in-2013/
  5. America’s 5 Costliest Natural Disasters Since 1980: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/americas-5-costliest-natural-disasters-since-1980/

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