Water Level At Coralville Lake Much Lower Than Desired

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

The shoreline indicates the drop in water level at the Mehaffey Bridge boat ramp on Coralville Lake on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, northeast of North Liberty, Iowa. Lake levels are down about four feet. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Water levels at Coralville Lake continue to be a concern for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is holding at about 2-3 feet below the normal average for this time of year.

"We're not in too bad of shape, but it's not what we want," said Chief Ranger Randy Haas. This is typically the time of year when the Corps tries to hold in as much water as possible at the reservoir, according to Haas.

The outflow gate is currently releasing the minimum amount of water, per Corps regulations, at 150 cubic feet/second into the Iowa River.

The low levels may have an effect on summer recreation at the lake, and may cause problems down stream at sewage and water plants, especially if the drought continues into 2013, Haas said.

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