Graham Lake water levels concerning

Dear Editor:

As one of the many shorefront property owners on Graham Lake, I am concerned about the 30-year relicensing. Shore erosion and mud flats are the main problems for us. The old license levels are 93.4 low and 104.2 high, which is just short of 11 feet of water level variation over a 9,000-plus acre lake.

Change these numbers to 96 low and 103 high, which would be 7 feet of water variation. That would leave 20 billion gallons for power generation and us with something closer to usable shorefront property. Less erosion and less mud flats.

This past summer is the lowest water level I’ve seen in the past 70-plus years. Some of us kayaked out to a 2-plus-acre island in the middle of the lower lake that we had never seen before. There is a meeting scheduled for March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ellsworth High School. Anyone who is interested in the next 30 years of the lake conditions should attend if possible. If we can improve on it as it has been for the last 30 years that would be a plus. More shorefront and less mud flats.

Gene Flower

Bronx, N.Y.

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