Recent Rains Prompt Uptick in Grays Bay Dam Discharge
As Lake Minnetonka returns to normal water levels, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District doubles dam discharge.
Recent rains have caused Lake Minnetonka's water level to rise about 1.5 inches in the last 72 hours.
On Monday the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) increased discharge of Grays Bay Dam from 20 feet per cubic system to 50 cubic feet per second.
The lake level stood at 929.29 feet as of Monday morning, a tick below the 929.4 feet typically seen at this time of year.
A dry early spring caused Lake Minnetonka to fall below 928 feet back in April, prompting the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District to take the unusual step of issuing a low water declaration. The resolution authorized temporary dock extensions for lakeshore property owners.
The declaration was cancelled late last week, but temporary and legally-permitted dock length extentions will be allowed to remain in place for the remainder of the 2012 boating season. All dock extenisons will, however, have to be removed by Nov. 15