WEST OLIVE, MI (WHTC) - A report conducted by the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University revealed that the static water levels in both the glacial and bedrock aquifers under Ottawa County have “modestly, but significantly” declined by around 11 feet over the past decade. This has affected the amount of available well water, and has led to more salt getting into the area’s fresh water supply. The report states that the current volume of groundwater withdrawals from growing agricultural, industrial and residential demands is “not sustainable in the long run.” The county is allocating 100 thousand dollars for MSU to conduct a further study as to how quick this aquifer depletion will be, and offer alternatives for dealing with the situation. A link to the report: http://miottawa.org/Departments/BOC/WaterQuality/pdf/2012/Ottawa_Water_Study_2012.pdf.
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