Good Question: Have Recent Rains Impacted Low Lake Levels?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The biggest issue facing farmers in Kansas is drought. The lack of rain is also taking a toll on local reservoirs. But have the recent rains had an impact on low lake levels?

A few months ago, Cheney Lake was so low that docks and boat slips were just sitting on dry land. Cheney, one of the hardest-hit lakes, was down by almost nine feet at one point.

But here’s some encouraging news: As of today, Cheney is up about a foot, but it’s still over seven feet below normal levels. El Dorado Reservoir is not as bad, being down about five feet. But that’s almost 80 percent full. Council Grove is around five feet low. And Marion was three feet below normal as of today.

So, the rains are helping. But area reservoirs are still showing signs of this lingering drought.

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