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“Canton Lake Continues to Struggle”

In January, OKC diverted billions of gallons of water from Lake Canton to replenish its drought-addled drinking supply. Five months later, OKC’s reservoir is overflowing and Canton is still struggling.


“I think the lake is dying,” said Jeff Converse, president of Canton Lake Association. “The low water level is one thing, but now we’ve got an algae bloom going on. It’s pea-green soup.” Residents and merchants say they believe Oklahoma City acted hastily in January to drain Canton Lake — one of six water reservoirs it controls — of 30,000 acre-feet, or almost 9.8 billion gallons, of water before spring rains brought up Lake Hefner’s low levels. An acre foot of water is an acre of surface area with a depth of one foot.

Read more at: enidnews.com


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