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tjk is on point. The daily recharge available to acquifers in Michigan is in excess of a trillion gallons per day. The trouble being that God often has different ideas about where to put it than either the Army Corps or the folks in Lansing. But then God does not have the benefit of an engineering degree. (wonder how he get's by)

We have a relatively small lake here is SW Michigan that, due to previous engineering feats, has lost significant amounts of water. The residents pooled their resources and sunk a high capacity well to recharge it. The lake is roughly 3 miles by 5 miles in size and the well discharges approximately a million gallons per day into it. A resident I know who lives on the lake said that it has helped to maintain what nature provides, barely. During an uncommonly dry, but cloudy, April he measured the lake level. At a million gallons per day it held just even, ie...it kept up with the evaporation rate!

We're all pretty good at measuring what we pump out of the ground or municipalities pump out of the big lake. We're not so good at wrapping on minds around the sheer scope of the volume of water that a passing thunderstorm provides. A 15 minute squall out does what a high capacity irrigation well labors to do within a full day.

God may be capricious, but he's not malicious. It would surprise none of us to see record ice thicknesses in three months, or not.

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Don't forget, more than 25 million people depend on withdrawals from the Great Lakes for drinking water. Chicago alone processes one billion gallons of Great Lakes water for human use each day. Lake Michigan water withdrawals account for nearly half of all the water taekn from the Great Lakes each year.
I'm betting that 24.5 million of them are Republicans...they bottle the stuff to send to their relatives in Tahoe..
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