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Buckeye Lake At Winter Pool, Lake Drains Closed

Posted on 4/22/2015 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

The lake drains at the primary and secondary spillways at Buckeye Lake are now closed. Following a 2½ week test period aimed at lowering the lake level to winter pool elevation or less, as recommended by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ODNR reports the afternoon of April 20 that the lake level was 1.2 inches below the targeted level of 888.75 feet above mean sea level. Over the weekend, the lake drain at the Route 79 spillway had been closed and the lake drain at the Sellers Point spillway had remained partly open to discharge water as rain had been forecast for the area Sunday and Monday. With much less rain falling and having measured the amount of water flowing through the lake over the past several days, the decision was made to close the lake drain. In the future, water will be discharged from the lake on an as-needed basis by ODNR in an attempt to keep the lake level very near its winter pool target level. Lake levels will fluctuate in response to rain events throughout the year; area residents can expect to see water outflows at one or both spillways periodically throughout the year.

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