As Great Lakes water levels plummet, towns act to save harbors. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 11/272012)
Excerpt: The Great Lakes, the world's biggest freshwater system, are shrinking because of drought and rising temperatures, a trend that accelerated with this year's almost snowless winter and scorching summer.
Water levels are near-record lows:
Water levels below historical averages
- Freighters forced to carry lighter loads
- Shallow marinas inaccessible to pleasure boats
- Weedy, exposed bottomlands at beaches