April 24, 2006
With summer around the corner, people at Lake Monticello are gearing up for another great season on the water. However, with the past few months of rainfall, or lack there of, some wonder if there might be some differences to this upcoming season.
Lake Monticello has been around for over three decades, surviving harsh winters and dry summers. The weather plays an important role in its survival. In fact, Lake Monticello was filled, literally, overnight thanks to Hurricane Camille back in 1969. So when it comes to the dry 2006 year, the lake knows how to handle it.
"We've not had any affects from the drought. Yes we had a shortage of rain early on, but it hasn't affected the level of the lake," explained Peggy Alexander, Communications Manager for the Lake Monticello Owners' Association.
The lake is a man-made lake, so it receives runoff from watersheds and springs that help maintain water levels.
"The lake is spring fed but we also get runoff from the watershed as a hole and I can't tell you what proportion is watershed and what is from the springs but yeah, that's part of what feeds the lake, what creates the lake," Alexander continued.
There are five beaches located around the lake. After a pretty quiet winter, the beaches have fared quite well. Wind is the only element of weather that seems to affect the beaches.
"We haven't had any erosion. Most of the time we don't have erosion unless we have severe winds and we haven't any problems like that over [this] winter."
Only a few years ago in 2002, Lake Monticello was under a drought situation and had some restrictions put on it. Fortunately, it looks like the year 2006 is doing just fine.
"Absolutely no restrictions. Nothing different than normal. We are operating under normal regulations."
With over 10,000 residents at the Lake Monticello community, summer 2006 is bound to be a busy one. Although some boats are already in the water, most people don't put them in until about May.