Normally to walk across the North end of Brookville Reservoir you would have to be The Messsiah, but not the case this year. Due to lack of snow and ice melting for runoff, where there normally would be water, there is dust.
The water level in the North end of Brookville Reservoir has some residents concerned.
“My dad and I have fished this part of the lake for as long as I can remember and I have never seen it like this. It has never been this low, “ Wayne County resident, Ed Reagan said.
With very little snowfall or ice accumulations this winter in our area, which translates into less water running toward the reservoir, some people are worried that the supply may be in danger, especially if we have a hot, dry, summer.
This is not the case according to United States Army Corp of Engineers Park Ranger Stephanie Ison.
“Keep in mind that that part of the lake is very shallow to begin with. That is why that area is always an idle zone for boats. This time of the year when you see all of the area up there without water covering it, well it tends to scare people, but it is shallow anyway. Many area residents don’t pay attention or even notice it. We generally keep the level low in what we refer to as our Winter Pool. Mid-March our lake generally starts to rise and will continue to rise with our ultimate goal being to have the lake at our Summer Pool levels by April 30th,’ Ison said.
Despite the amount of exposed land in the north, and the obvious lower water level around the entire reservoir, it is not an immediate concern.
Pam Myers from Kent’s Harbor Marina said, “We are having boats delivered and people just have to be careful using the ramp at this time because the level is low, but it isn’t impacting our business.”
Stephanie Ison explained in more detail the process for monitoring the levels.
“We are constantly watching the levels and we have four dam operators that control the gates and runoff and how much water is released downstream. When we say we are going to raise the water levels, we of course need rain to do that and normally in the spring we get that rain, but still we have 379 square miles of creeks and streams that are constantly flowing into the reservoir, so even if we don’t get the usual amount of rain, the water level will rise, it just might take a little longer,” Ison said.
While at times dust can be seen blowing from what is normally the lake bed, there is no need for concern.
“There is nothing at all to worry about. This is typical. Every winter we draw the lake down about eight feet and in the spring we rise it back up again. The level is where it should be for winter pool and by the end of April, people won’t even notice it because it will be eight feet higher,” Ison said.