Lake Wilson water level up more than five feet in one week

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The water level at Lake Wilson in Wahiawa has climbed steadily over the past week, after dipping to a level that concerned state aquatics officials monitoring the fish population there.

According to data from the US Geological Survey, the lake height at 11:15 AM Tuesday was 62.34 feet. That's more than five feet higher than it was a week ago.

The water level at the popular fishing spot dropped dramatically last month, when a valve that is used to regulate it during heavy rains became stuck in the open position. A team from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources tested the oxygen level in the lake daily to make sure it didn't get too low for the bass, blue gill and catfish living there.

Dole Foods leases the reservoir. Last Tuesday, its workers were able to shut the valve more than two-thirds of the way and stabilize the lake level. Mother Nature's rains did the rest.

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