Water Levels

Ice and snow in Chicago and Lake Michigan (National Weather Service)

Potential Increase In Water Levels From Snow, Ice Melt Could Save Consumers Money

Right now Lake Michigan is 90-percent covered in ice and when it melts, it could save you money.

03/04/2014

The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Continuing Drought Could Lead To Reversal Of Chicago River Flow

In a new report, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said, if Chicago doesn’t get some significant rain or snow soon, there could be serious water flow issues in the Chicago River.

01/09/2013

Falling Lake Michigan Water Levels Could Lead To Rising Pollution

If the Lake Michigan water level drops six inches, the locks in and out of the Chicago River will have to be closed to keep polluted water out, federal officials said Monday.

12/10/2012

Barges floating on the Mississippi River near Burlington, Iowa, along the Illinois border. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Army Corps Declines Request To Boost Mississippi River Level

The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels.

12/07/2012

Barges floating on the Mississippi River near Burlington, Iowa, along the Illinois border. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Governor Worried Low Mississippi River Levels Could Hurt Barge Traffic

Gov. Pat Quinn said he and other Illinois officials are very concerned about the falling water levels on the Mississippi River, and the impact it could have on the state.

WBBM Newsradio–12/06/2012

A darker gray marking shows where the water level should be on the Fox River. (CBS)

Heat, Drought Create Havoc On Area Rivers

Extreme heat and low water levels in area rivers are creating a dangerous combination.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

Englewood Garden

Climatologist: Warm Weather Hasn’t Affected Soil Water Levels

The unusually warm weather this past winter has not had much of an impact on water levels for growing crops, plants and grass, according to a climatologist.

WBBM Newsradio–03/22/2012