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Lake Decatur levels above sea level


Decatur - The request to help conserve water has been lifted.

A voluntary water restriction was put in place in October, after lake levels dipped a foot below normal.

Water Management Director Keith Alexander, says the melting snow has helped raise levels by two feet. "The ground is still frozen underneath so the water has a tendency to run off as opposed to soak in which helps water supplies like Lake Decatur and Lake Springfield so that's all good news for us."

The lake reached a low point of 610.31 feet above mean sea level (50% full) on January 10 but has since increased by 2 feet to 612.39 feet (73%) full which is within the normal winter lake level range of 612-613 feet. It is anticipated that late winter and spring precipitation should be more than adequate to fill the lake to capacity in the coming months.

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