Some gauges along the St. Joseph River show the it has never been this low in recorded history.
It stood at 4.33 feet in Niles Wednesday, setting a new record low. And in Elkhart it tied with the record low.
The National Weather Service tells us the river is severely strained right now trying to meet all the irrigation and municipal water needs.
That's the situation with surface water, but we're in much better shape with water underground. We're told by experts that thanks to the glaciers leaving behind huge storage areas, the aquifer in St. Joseph County is plentiful and not under any strain right now.