You are here: Home News and Events Water Levels in the Great Lakes Water Levels in the Great Lakes by Heather Carr January 2, 2012, 2:08 am Water levels in the Great Lakes are lower than their long-term averages. Despite a wet season, experts believe the gains could evaporate. After the unusually warm temperatures this summer, lake levels are lower than many would like. Unseasonably warm temperatures have kept ice from forming on many parts of the lakes. Ice cover slows evaporation because the ice must first melt before the water can evaporate. Water levels make a difference in shoreline habitat, fish spawning, recreational boating, and the amount of cargo carried in commercial ships. Great Lakes photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article Bumble: A Family Friendly Cafe with Organically Produced Local Food Next article GM Corn Resistant to 2,4-D About to be Deregulated One Ping Pingback:Blue Living Ideas | Resources for Keeping our Planet Blue Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.