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Updated: 05/20/2013 7:38 PM
Created: 05/20/2013 6:50 PM | Print |  Email
By: Tim Sherno

Wet Weekend Pushed Local Water Levels Higher

Minnehaha Falls

Tim Sherno

Heavy rains this weekend added four inches in depth to Lake Minnetonka.

Even as the lake continues to inch closer to a high water classification, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is keeping the flow from the lake at a minimum. 

According to Telly Mamayek, Communications Director for the District, the amount of water released from the lake into the creek is a balancing act, "We're in a rainy period right now, and we want to be sure that the lake level is getting too high but also make sure that the downstream communities on Minnehaha Creek aren't overwhelmed with water. "

Mamayek says the amount of water released into the creek is adjusted based on rainfall and other conditions, and at the moment is 20 cubic feet per second, just above the minimum of 12 cubic feet per second, "Minnehaha creek reacts very quickly to rain events."

The same rain events that pushed water level on Lake Minnetonka up 4 inches also dramatically increased the flow of water over the Minnehaha Creek Falls to 250 cubic feet per second.

Currently, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District can restrict the flow of water released to the creek, but that decision could become more difficult in the weeks to come as Lake Minnetonka continues to rise.



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