Rumsey Gauge a drought casualty?

Lake County Record-Bee

It’s bad enough that we are in the middle of one of the worst droughts in Lake County’s modern history. There is only one boat ramp on Clear Lake that is usable right now and the water level is getting lower by the day. Now the Rumsey Gauge readings are all screwed up. The most recent reading shows that the lake is lower than it was during the record year of 1977, but is that a true reading?

The problem is that the Rumsey Gauge which is located at Vector Control’s dock in Lakeport, is now on dry ground because of the lake level falling. The gauge is read hourly by the United State Geological Survey (USGS). To get a current reading, the USGS has installed a temporary gauge at Library Park in Lakeport. That temporary gauge has changed the Rumsey Gauge reading considerably.

As of Monday morning, the USGS reading for the lake level was minus-3.46 feet. If that reading is accurate, it means the lake is even lower than it was during the record-setting year of 1977, when it was minus-3.39 feet. That year the lake bottom was exposed at least 100 yards out from the shoreline. Whereas the lake is very low right now, there’s no way it is as low as it was in 1977.

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