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.
The water level on Cross Lake as of October 2010 is the lowest its been since 2001 when it was at 168.05. The current water level is 168.96.
The annual average precipitation in Shreveport is 52.38 Inches. So far in 2010 Shreveport has only had 22.07 inches of rain.
According to data I found on the USGS website, the water level in Cross Lake in Shreveport is only at 170.22, which is the lowest the water level has been in years. The water level is typically at 173. Where is all the water going? Are the gas companies using the water from Cross Lake to pump into their wells?
With the water level getting so low gives us even more need to have the lake dredged. Are there any plans in the near term to complete the proposed $80 Million project?