Lake Cumberland Level to Stay at 680

The level of Lake Cumberland will stay right where it is.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on July 27, 2007, the water level will hold at 680 feet unless project conditions worsen.

Lake Cumberland was lowered in January 2007, after Wolf Creek Dam was classified as high risk for structural failure. The new level reduced pressure on the dam and allowed engineers to begin repair work. The Corps said the project has responded well to the level. The lower water level has had some impact on the surrounding area.

In February 2007, the Corps requested that 11 municipal and private water supply users extend their water supply intakes to 650 feet. This would give the Corps the ability to lower the water level even more without affecting the water supply.

Several boat ramps also had to be extended because of lower levels.

The Corps is expected to decide on future pool elevations in September 2007.

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