Recent rains have caused West Point Lake to rise by a foot, after a winter where much of the lake was mudflat more than water.
Whether we will be able to keep the water in the lake remains up to Mother Nature, say officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the lake and the dam.
“As previously stated, it is dependent on the weather,” said Pat Robbins, corps spokesman. “The immediate forecast (seven to 10 days) doesn’t call for any additional significant rain, however beyond that, it looks like possible additional rainfall.”
Robbins said the corps’ goal is basin recovery from the recent drought.
The most recent drought update issued by the corps says West Point Lake and Walter F. George Lake (south of Columbus) are forecast to remain full into March. A full refill of Lake Lanier also is possible.
Drought conditions across the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin continue to improve, with no areas experiencing exceptional drought – the worse classification – and very few areas left in extreme drought. Drought conditions are expected to improve even more in the coming weeks.
Streamflow on the Flint River – which also supplies water to the Apalachicola River and the protected species – is also high.