In addition to low lake levels causing some concern about water rationing, they have caused an upswing in shoreline alteration permit applications from property owners along city lakes.
The lower levels have meant in an increase in the number of shoreline alteration permits, Olney City Manager Larry Taylor said, due to the levels facilitating work along the lake.
Taylor said there have not been many such permits issued in past years.
Water Plant and Public Property Supervisor Frank Bradley said there have been six such permits issues in the past month. He said they are typically used by residents to build sea walls.
Normally, he said, the city sees very few of the permits, but it depends on the year.
The level at East Fork Lake dropped below normal pool, but the city did not not ask people to conserve.
At Aug. 27 meeting of Olney City Council, Councilman Bob Ferguson asked about the lake level, saying he had heard concerns from some who wondered if they should be conserving water.
Taylor said the level was about two feet below normal pool and City Engineer Roger Charleston said he has seen it as low as three feet below pool in the past.
Bradley had stated said it would have to be “many feet low” before the city would start issuing orders to ration.
“We could go a long time,” he said.