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Lake White: Dam Is Safe with Recent Drop in Lake Level

Posted on 6/9/2017 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

ODNR assures area residents that the dam at Lake White State Park near Waverly remains safe in light of a recent decline in lake levels.

The determination was made by ODNR following on-site inspections this week by its engineers and dam safety experts. The lake level was allowed to reach summer pool in late April following completion of dam safety improvements that began in Fall, 2015.

 In recent weeks, the lake level has dropped more than 12 inches due to the recharging of the regional aquifer, a lack of significant rainfall and normal evaporation loss. During construction, the level of Lake White was held well below normal pool to allow for construction of dam improvements. 

Recent reports of water being observed flowing out from a series of 6-inch diameter drains at the toe of the dam below the spillway is significantly due to groundwater flow. ODNR is monitoring the outflow of water through the toe drains daily in addition to the lake level.

Lake White is known to fill rapidly following significant rain events within the large watershed and the small size of the lake.

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