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Great Lakes water levels rise to record-breaking recovery

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Here is some good news for the Midwest region - Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior each saw their water levels rise from a previous record low set just in January 2013. The water levels have risen so much from January 2013 to November 2014, the bounce-back is being considered record-breaking.

In the Detroit Free Press, Andrew Gronewold, a hydrologist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, shared that both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have each recovered 3.2 feet of water since January 2013 and Lake Superior has recovered 2.3 feet.

What is the explanation for the increase in water levels? “Above-average precipitation and above average runoff,” says Gronewold.

This is good news for the areas that use Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior as their source water.
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