LKN levels to remain low through June

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  1. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    This is from the Duke Power website

    Lake Norman

    [​IMG]03-APR-17 Lake Normans elevation is expected to be lower than customary this year from mid April through early June. This is in part due to the Catawba River Basin being in a Low Inflow Protocol LIP drought Stage 1. Planned maintenance work at McGuire Nuclear Station requires the elevation not to exceed 96.5 ft. Once the outage is completed, we may be able to move the elevation closer toward the late spring target level of 98 ft weather permitting. Please be aware these projections can change based on actual rainfall and changes to the drought stage. Please stay alert to changing weather conditions. Updated lake levels are available any time at http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp and at 800-829-5253. 01-JAN-17 Catawba-Wateree River Basin Stage 1 drought was implemented November 1, 2016. Long-term dry weather conditions continue to persist. The community is asked to be mindful of its water use and consider conserving energy which also saves water. Residents who use water from a Duke Energy lake for lawn irrigation are asked to limit watering to Tuesdays and Saturdays. Updated lake levels are available any time at http://www.Duke-Energy.com/lakes or by calling 800-829-5253. As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide updates if conditions change.

     
  2. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    thanks Jim....but I must say I am a little surprised at this.....seems like we have had decent rainfall recently....but the maintenance at the power plant is likely the primary driving factor to keep the level below target for a while....

    cliff
     
  3. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    From what I read it's the work at the power plant - lake is definitely a good 2ft lower than normal for this time of year.
     
  4. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Haven't seen Mike (Islandhopper) on here for a while. He works at the nuke plant. He had told me water was drawn down in the winter for maintenance. It must be slow going this year.
     
  5. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    96.5 ft is not an issue. At that level there are more beaches to use. Another foot or so down and the stumps can become a problem.
     
  6. islandhopper00

    islandhopper00 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Lake Norman (Denver) NC
    240 Sundancer
    5.0L 260hp, BIII outdrive
    We (McGuire) are still in a refueling outage. We have about three more weeks of scheduled outage, before we crank back up and get on the grid. After that, Duke should bring the levels back to normal....depending upon the inflows. If you see Duke releasing water from the dam, we have to under contract. The lower lakes need water too! lol
     
  7. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    I thought the lake looked low - at least I know I wasn't imagining things :)
     
  8. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
     
  9. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
     
  10. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    The lake level seemed higher when I was at the boat yesterday. Just checked and Duke is reporting 97.4. I guess the McGuire maintenance is over.
     
  11. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    99.6 right now......we got a lot of rain the past several days....

    cliff
     
  12. islandhopper00

    islandhopper00 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Lake Norman (Denver) NC
    240 Sundancer
    5.0L 260hp, BIII outdrive
    McGuire is back online, Unit 2 is making electricity, generator breaker is closed! We did a 23 day outage, our fastest to date. We tried for a 22 day. This Fall we will get another chance to break the record...Unit 1, can't wait..... Crazy Spring is almost over for me.
     

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