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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 06:24 PM

Lake Michigan level touches record low for month

Lake Michigan kissed its record low water level for October on one day last week, and federal officials now predict the world's fifth largest lake is likely going to plunge into never-seen-before levels in the coming months.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported on Monday that on one day last week, water levels were essentially at the lake's official record low for October, a monthly average that was set in 1964. The weekend rains brought a slight rebound of about an inch, though the long-term forecast calls for the level to continue dropping in the coming months into areas never seen since modern records began in 1918.

If the prediction holds, "We would tie the record low for November and December and then go below it from January through March," said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of the Army Corps' watershed hydrology branch for the agency's Detroit district.

Water levels are tracked daily, though records are based on monthly averages. That means even if Lake Michigan dropped below its record low for October for a day or even a week, it would not be considered by the Army Corps to be a record low until the monthly average for October is tallied - and that average would have to be lower than the record set in 1964.

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http://www.jsonline.com/features/health/lake-michigan-level-touches-record-low-for-month-pq78c8s-174408611.html

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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 06:55 PM

1. Losses to Lakes Michigan, Huron put focus on St. Clair River

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/pressure-mounts-to-restore-great-lakes-water-levels-f76ug5a-170854881.html

Pressure is mounting on the U.S. and Canadian governments to explore ways to restore water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron that have been lowered nearly two feet due to historic dredging on the St. Clair River. The two lakes, which are actually one body of water connected at the Straits of Mackinac, have been below their long-term average for more than a decade, and forecasters say in the coming months they could plunge below their record low.

Now an organization of 90 mayors representing more than 15 million residents in cities across the Great Lakes region is telling the International Joint Commission that it is "dissatisfied" with a recent study that determined restoring lake levels by installing some type of structure to repair damage done to the St. Clair River would be a costly project that could take decades and ultimately do more harm than good.

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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 07:32 PM

2. Record Lows on the Great Lakes?

I get chills thinking about the ramifications of this.

It's not like demand for the water is ever going to lessen. And I'm sure L.A. and Vegas are still hungrily licking their collective chops at the idea of sending some of that water their way.

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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 09:05 PM

3. Thank you for the information and links

It's more effective when one has the data, to make a pain of oneself.

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