POTENTIAL AUXILIARY WATER SOURCES FOR MOUNTAIN LAKE, GILES COUNTY, VIRGINIA
After completion of this project, the lake reached its highest water levels since 2005 in August 2013. With the lake still not reaching full pond, the owners asked researchers at Radford University for suggestions for supplementing the lake inflow with water from other nearby watersheds. In the spring of 2014 the authors began to investigate those watersheds in search of viable sources of water. The authors also investigated potential sites of water loss at key locations within the watershed currently serving Mountain Lake and its drainage system. Two watersheds were identified as having potential for supplementing flow. A northern watershed did not have enough water to warrant further investigation. A western watershed appears to have the greatest potential as an auxiliary water source. Several sites were identified where water has been diverted away from the lake and out of its natural watershed.