4/18/11

In the news: Report, campaign highlight threats to Great Lakes water supplies

From Lake Michigan Shore:
With the greatest freshwater source on the planet in our backyard, it's easy to think it is an infinite source. But a new report and campaign are warning water shortages are possible throughout the Great Lakes if consumers and municipalities don't change their ways.

A five-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey in Lansing, Michigan, released earlier this year indicated groundwater levels have dropped by 1,000 feet in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan regions due to increased demand from municipal pumping stations. Those levels could drop another 100 feet by 2040 if demand continues to increase as forecast. Read more.

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