In the past 120 days, the water level on Cross Lake in Shreveport Louisiana has increased by 4 feet. The gauge used is the water level elevation above sea level. The current water level is at 171.34 ft. The official spillway crest elevation is 171.2 ft. The water level was as low as low as the higher end of 166 ft back in October . Hopefully the city will let the water level come up by another few feet before letting any water out to the spillway.
The outlook for rain for 2012 is not looking that great, but for now we have plenty of water in the lake.
The current water level on Cross Lake in Shreveport is close to a historic low. The current water level is 169.70 feet above sea level, which is almost 3 feet lower than the average. Cross Lake serves as the City of Shreveport water supply. This has been one of the driest summer’s in years for Texas and Louisiana.
Besides the rain being an issue, there has also been nothing done by the City of Shreveport to push an initiative for the dredging of Cross Lake in Shreveport. The depth of the lake has decreased by almost five feet since 1980 and a dredging project is desperately needed by the city of Shreveport. If the issue is not addressed in the next several years then the future cost of the dredging project will be more than the city could possibly afford. The city leadership needs to step it up, push forward and propose a budget to dredge the lake before the silt builds up beyond what the man made lake can bare.