OPINION (Charisma) – As we near the end of an unusually—but much needed—wet winter in the holy land, the water level of the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s main freshwater reservoir, had risen 1.87 meters (74 inches) putting it slightly out of the “danger zone” as of last week. This comes after last winter brought the worst drought in 100 years leaving the country’s water tables at a dangerous deficit and prompting Israeli officials to enforce water preservation measures.
“The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) has risen beautifully in the past few days and we are very heartened, although we still have to consider the deficit that remains,” Uri Schorr, head of the Water Authority, said last week. Even with the rains this year, the water supply is still 4 meters (13 feet) under full capacity. The surface of the Sea of Galilee is now above the “lower red line” (213 meters below sea level), the marker at which the lake could suffer long-term ecological damage. Full capacity is considered 208.8 meters (685 feet) below sea level. READ MORE