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Belton Lake hits record lows

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Even though this hasn't been the hottest or driest summer on record, water levels are alarmingly low.

In fact, as of noon on Tuesday, Belton Lake was at an all time low.  

"Today Lake Belton did hit the lowest level it has ever been since it's reached its full impoundment in 1975.  As of today, every minute we are setting a new lake level," said James Todd Spivey, a Park Tanger at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Belton and Stillhouse Lake.

The normal elevation for Belton Lake is 594 feet above sea level.

Today, levels hit a low of 581.57 feet above sea level.

Belton and Stillhouse water authorities like to say that the lake is like a bathtub, but the water inside of it belongs to Brazos River Authorities. And they are the ones who regulate what comes in the lake and what comes out of it.

"Everybody likes the lake to be full, nobody likes the water from the lake to be released but just understand that it is really dry and everything is struggling right now," said Brad Brunette, Water Services manager at Brazos River Authorities.

Brazos River Authority will increase water conservation stages from Stage 1 to Stage 2 if levels continue to get low, but Brunette says it could be worse.

"The lake is still 70 percent full and so the lake is still in relatively good shape, we don't like record lows and we'd like for it to be relatively full," said Brunette. 

But for locals, water usage is not their only concern.

"We fish out here a good bit and even since last year you know I've seen the lake levels drop and you couldn't even see that island out there last year," said local fisherman Matt Martell. "So it just tells you how much debris is under the water boaters and you have to be pretty careful out there."

There are plenty of tips on how to save water and money at www.brazos.org.

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