Tag Archive for Sea of Galilee

VIDEO: Sea of Galilee water level at unprecedented low

Decreased rainfall in Northern Israel spanning years of dry winters leads to an unprecedented negative water level on record, meaning a decrease in the Kinneret’s and Dead Sea’s water levels.

By Ahiya Raved


These last few years of decreased rainfall have led to record lows of water level measurements in August, the Water Authority reported Monday.

View of the Sea of Galilee from space in 1999 – Photo- NASA Earth Observatory

One such negative water level was recorded in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), with more water currently being pumped and evaporated out of the lake than water flowing into it. Continue Reading »

Israelis protest against Jerusalem’s planned water pipeline to Jordan

Government says channel, costing approximately $15.8 million less than alternative plan, is slated to pass through land of 4 Jordan Valley kibbutzim, and won’t harm their farmland.


About 100 Jordan Valley residents held a demonstration on Tuesday to protest a planned pipeline that would convey water from Lake Kinneret to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, claiming that the pipeline will ruin large open areas through which it is slated to pass. Israel is obligated by its bilateral peace agreement to provide water from Lake Kinneret to its neighbor.

The southern Jordan River

The southern part of the Jordan River. – Photo: Yaron Kaminsky

Opponents to the plan want the water to be sent to the Jordanians via the existing Jordan River channel, from the Degania dam to the old Naharayim electric power station, and from there to Jordan.

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Kinneret allergy afflicting water-sport enthusiasts at Sea of Galilee

Spray getting into vacationers’ eyes & lungs at Lake Kinneret is making them ill, then disappears after 2-3 days.



Vacationers and water-sport enthusiasts at Lake Kinneret have been complaining of rashes, sneezing, tearing eyes and breathing difficulties. The phenomenon even has its own name: Kinneret allergy.

People at Lake Kinneret on the first day of Sukkot.

People at Lake Kinneret last September, on the first day of Sukkot. . Watch out for the spray.- Photo: GIl Eliyahu

Most complaints have come from windsurfers and kitesurfers who get water sprayed in their eyes and lungs. The increase in cases in recent years has made scientists wonder if changes in the lake over the past two decades are responsible.

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Huge Ancient Cone-Shaped Structure Found Deep in Lake Kinneret

Nautical archeologists think the monumental cone-shaped structure may have been built more than 4,000 years ago onshore when the water level was lower than today.

By Gil Ronen


Nautical archaeologists have reported the discovery of a “monumental” conical stone pile built of large, natural, unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders, on the floor of the Sea of Galilee.

Lake Kinneret, a.k.a. the Sea of Galilee

Lake Kinneret, a.k.a. the Sea of Galilee

The structure is definitely man-made, and measures about 70 meters in diameter at a depth of about 219 meters, reported archaeologists Yitzhak Paz, Moshe Reshef, Zvi Ben-Avraham, Shmuel Marco, Gideon Tibor and Dani Nadel, in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 meter long with no apparent construction pattern and no signs of cutting or chiseling. Continue Reading »

Kinneret Rises 10.5 Centimeters as Winter Rains Continue

In what is being seen as the most bountiful rainy season in a decade, Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is continuing to rise!

By Chana Ya’ar


Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is continuing to rise in what is being seen as the most bountiful rainy season in a decade.

Winter rains raised Kinneret level

Winter rains raised Kinneret level
Photo: Hana Levi Julian

In the past week, the lake rose by 10.5 centimeters (4.13 inches), bringing the level of the country’s largest single source of drinking water up to 210 meters (689 feet) and 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) below sea level.

More rain is predicted for Sunday night, and again later in the week, which Israelis hope will raise the level of the lake even higher. Continue Reading »

Sea of Galilee water level rising sooner than expected

Israel is anticipating above-average rainfall this year, a pleasant contradiction to the past seven years of drought.

By Israel Today Staff


Israeli officials now believe that the region will receive more rain than expected this winter, bringing the Sea of Galilee back up to a level it has not been at in over 10 years.

The beach of the Sea of Galilee – Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Speaking to Israel’s Ma’ariv newspaper, Israel Water Authority official Dr. Amir Givati noted that due to abundant rainfall already this winter, the Sea of Galilee already began to rise in late October, more than a month before is typically starts to rise in the annual rain cycle. Continue Reading »