From our friends at the Globe and Mail comes a frightening new story regarding the current trend of decreasing water levels in almost all of the Great Lakes…
The Great Lakes disappearing act:
Government forecasters are projecting that Lake Superior, the largest of the five, will fall to its lowest level for September since modern recordkeeping began nearly a century ago. The amount flowing out of the lake at its outlet, the St. Mary’s River, has plunged too, and would have to rise by a staggering 50 per cent to reach the average of the past century.
Levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron are also sagging, Ontario is down, as is Erie – although the latter, the smallest by volume, has been the least affected.
What’s going on? While there is no scientific certainty about what’s ailing the Great Lakes – which together form the world’s largest interconnected body of fresh water – some fear global warming is at work, causing them to shrink.
Yikes. This is the last thing that needs to be piled on top of all the other issues affecting the region. Hopefully the manmade or natural cause of this depletion can be identified and remedied before things get too far out of hand. I’ve been following the water crisis in Australia, and I would hate to see that happen in the Great Lakes region!