Labor Day weekend marks an unofficial end to our summer season on Lake Chelan, but for many in the community- focus turns to the diminishing water level in the lake.
Chelan CountyPUD is five years into their 50-year license- which was agreed on after extensive negotiations that involved many people from several agencies.
The license lays out the terms the PUD must make a reasonable effort to comply with- including the lake level management practices.
The lake elevation is expected to stay at about 1,100 feet above sea level through mid-August, at which time the elevation generally decreases through the month- with a target elevation of about 1098 feet above sea level.
For many, who live, recreate and operate businesses near Lake Chelan- that isn’t enough- and they have voiced their concerns to the PUD.
The good news: they have listened- the bad news: it’s not solely up to the PUD to change the requirements.
Michelle Smith, Licensing and Compliance Manager for the PUD, told KOZI that it takes a lot to make a change after a settlement agreement and a license is issued.
Michelle says citizen concerns regarding the lower lake level have been heard, and the PUD is ready to take the next step by meeting with the agencies and parties involved with the license agreement.
If you would like more information on the upcoming public meeting regarding the potential to change lake level regulations for Lake Chelan, visit chelanpud.org.
Today’s lake level for Lake Chelan: 1099 feet above sea level."CLICK HERE" for Audio
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