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Sea of Galilee in crisis

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 After three years of lack of rain, the Sea of Galilee is at its lowest point since Fall 2012; if this year\’s rains fail again, both the lake and the aquifers surrounding it will be at dangerously low levels.

The Sea of Galilee\’s Kinneret Authority recently announced that the waterline currently stands at -213.375 meters below sea level, which is 37.5 meters below the lake\’s Red Line.

The waterline for the lake needs to be four meters and 57 centimeters higher for it to be considered "full." However, the last winter was the third winter in a row whereby the rainfall was less than the average, causing the year 2016 to be considered a drought year.

Once the water level gets this low, an island appears in the lake.

Pinchas Green, Deputy Chairman of the Kinneret Authority, said that "the Sea of Galilee\’s water line has dropped by a meter and two centimeters since the beginning of the summer. The waterline is currently very low, lower than the lower red line threshold. The lack of water was felt really early this year. We all need to pray for a really rainy summer this year."

Dr. Amir Givati, Director of the Surface Water Office at the Hydrological Authority of the Israel Water Authority said that "the Sea of Galilee waterline is at its lowest level since Fall 2012. The Water Authority isn\’t expecting large amounts of rain this winter, and the waterline is expected to drop even further – well below the lower red line. If the weather remains dry for the next few months, then other rivers, streams, and springs in the Sea of Galilee region will run dry."

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