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Lake Michigan is at its lowest level ever recorded and according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, it all depends on climate.

The alliance says the biggest factors that regulate the level of the highly-prized resource is rainfall and evaporation.

Last year we experienced severe drought conditions here in the Midwest and other parts of the country and with hot temperatures came even more evaporation.

What we can expect, says the alliance, is the trend toward more extremes in lake levels and storms.

The alliance said the amount of fresh water we take from Lake Michigan for drinking and other purposes is minimal compared to how rainfall and evaporation regulate the level of the lake.