Water levels dropping at Berlin Lake

Levels were measured July 14 and the lake is down 1.7 feet from where it should be

Water levels are dropping at Berlin Lake.

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials at Berlin Lake are reporting low water levels due to the lack of rain. If the levels drop too low, boaters have restricted access to the 18.6 mile-long lake.

Berlin water level graph.Levels were measured July 14 and the lake is down 1.7 feet from where it should be. And unless the area sees a lot of rainfall activity, that could mean restrictions for boaters later in the season.

Berlin Lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh district. The lake provides flood protection for the Mahoning River Valley as well as the Beaver and upper Ohio rivers.

“Every morning we have people go out to the fam and take measurements, and we are given directives from the district office in Pittsburgh as to how much water to retain or release to the lake in order to meet our mission purposes,” said Natural Resource Manager Kevin Heatley. “We are mandated to meet our mission purposes, and we try to accommodate the other uses of the lake, but the lake is not a stand-alone system. The lake is part of a larger watershed. We have to look at the parameters of the entire watershed and the entire region to make sure there is balance in the system.”

Heatley expects the water level at the lake to drop further, adding that the rainfall Monday didn’t do much to help.

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