Low rainfall amounts affect Army Corps of Engineers reservoir levels in Kentucky

Lower than average rainfall this spring has dropped water levels at Barren River, Nolin and Rough River lakes in Kentucky and has affected some dock areas at these lakes.

Apr 24th, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 24, 2001 — Lower than average rainfall this spring has dropped water levels at Barren River, Nolin and Rough River lakes in Kentucky and has affected some dock areas at these lakes.

The National Weather Service states that a majority of the state is abnormally dry with some sections in a moderate drought scenario. Although early spring, Nolin, Barren and Rough River lakes are respectively 8.5 feet, 10.3 feet, and 10.6 feet below normal pool.

"All of the lakes have followed long established procedures for bringing the lakes back to the summer recreation pool levels," said Pat Hull, Corps Green River Project Office assistant operations manager. "Records show that the area is 2 to 3 inches behind in rainfall for the last 30 days. We just haven't had the rainfall necessary to produce the runoff required to raise the pool levels."

The Corps is discharging extremely low amounts of water from the dams to maintain the downstream fishery and water supply levels.

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