Experts say the long suffering Muriel Lake is making a rebound. The Muriel Lake Basin Management Society reported at their annual meeting on July 9th that water levels at the lake have increased from last year for the first time in ages, but it’s still nowhere close to healthy.
The lake reached its lowest point in 2006. Climate change is believed to be the main cause, reducing the available water flowing into the lake. A study on weather patterns in the area showed that the lake has gotten about thirty millilitres less rain over the past thirty years than in the thirty years before it.
The society says this year’s wet spring was a major factor in reversing the trend. If the lake continues to turn around for the better, the Alberta government has expressed interest in repopulating it with fish.