Why are the lake outflows so uneven?

By Megan Moser

Q. I wonder why area lake levels are so unevenly managed. On Oct. 12, Milford Lake was 5.69 feet low with an outflow of 25 cubic feet per second. Tuttle Creek was 9.57 feet low with an outflow of 900 cubic feet per second. Lakes Perry, Clinton, Pomona and Melvern are 3.93, 2.92, 2.59 and 2.83 feet low with discharges of 25, 9, 25 and 40 CFS respectively.

It seems to me that Tuttle Creek is frequently drawn down more than the other reservoirs. Tuttle Creek is clearly suffering the lowest level of all six lakes, yet it has the greatest discharge rate. The process seems unequally and unfairly managed with bias against Tuttle Creek Lake. Why is that?

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