Last summer’s drought certainly had a significant impact on water levels in the Great Lakes, with Lake Michigan seeing record lows. But the weather, while a serious contributing factor, may not be the only reason why some of the lakes are so low. 

From the Chicago Sun-Times

“One cause that’s overlooked – which also affects rivers and lakes throughout the Midwest – is a sharp increase in the number of wells that are being dug, says Robert Glennon, regents’ professor and Morris K. Udall professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona.

‘There has been an explosion of ground water wells throughout the state [of Illinois],’ says Glennon, author of the 2009 book Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It. ‘You’ve got record high corn prices, terrible drought and high cost of farmland. All of those things have been leading toward drilling of new wells.'”

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