Water released from Canton Lake on its way to Oklahoma City
BY Staff Reports NewsOK.com
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday will begin releasing 30,000 acre-feet of water from Canton Lake in northwest Oklahoma into the North Canadian River, according to a news release from the city of Oklahoma City.
“We put off the release as long as possible,” Marsha Slaughter, city utilities department director, said in the release. “The recent rain will help prevent the released water from being absorbed into the dry river bed.”
The water released will take about two weeks to reach Oklahoma City, where it will be captured in Lake Hefner and replenish the drinking water supply that serves about 1.2 million people. The January release will have little improvement on recreation at the Oklahoma City lake levels.
“We don't take water releases for recreational purposes,” Slaughter said. “We take the water only to replenish water supply.”
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Boats at the Oklahoma City Yacht Club sit on dry land Tuesday at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. The lake has hit its lowest water level in its 66-year history. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN