Everyday we post Lake Murray water levels on our website and social media accounts. The number one questions we have received over the last few weeks is “how low will the lake go?”
Unlike the scheduled drawdown in Fall 2018, as of yet, we have not been able to get any “official information” addressing the decreasing lake levels for Fall 2019. We decided to do a little digging. here’s what we found:
- December 1, 2016 lake level was 354.04 feet MSL
- December 1, 2017 lake level was 354.56 feet MSL
- December 1, 2018 lake level was 353.57 feet MSL (scheduled drawdown)
The 2018 Fall drawdown helped to keep the lake “healthy”. “The water level needs to be lowered periodically to allow rainfall to scour the shallow coves, washing sediments into the deeper part of the lake,” Jim Landreth, vice president of Fossil and Hydro Plant Operations. (read full press release here: https://www.sceg.com/about-us/newsroom/2018/08/21/sce-g-schedules-drawdown-for-lake-murray )
Yes, some of you are concerned, but the data shows that our current water levels (around 355 feet MSL) are not unusual for Fall/Winter water levels.
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