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Most bodies of water near Chicago are seriously parched, from the severe drought and high temperatures over the summer. And the lack of snow this winter isn’t helping.
The once mighty Mississippi is nearly impassable in some areas. But it’s the shrinking water in Lake Michigan that worries some people most -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water levels last month hit a record low.
It’s not just shippers and fishermen who are nervous. In some smaller coastal towns, the low water threatens whole economies.
WBEZ Pritzker Fellow Lewis Wallace reports.