Frequently Asked Questions
THE most frequently asked question . . . How much does it cost to use LakeLevelAlert?LakeLevelAlert.com is a FREE service available to everyone for use. LLA stays afloat through support from businesses and donations from people benefiting from the service.
How many alerts am I allowed to setup?You can create an unlimited number of alerts. We have many users who set a range of incremental alerts to warn them in advance at various times that they need to move their docks in or out - - a sort of "stair step" approach to their alerts in both directions.
After I create an alert, when will I begin receiving alert emails?You will begin receiving alert emails as soon as the next lake level update occurs where the current lake level conditions for your lake are at or beyond the level you have set for your alert or alerts.
What is an alert title?The alert title is a brief and meaningful description of what the alert is warning you about. The alert title displays in the subject line of the email you receive for the alert. For example, if you create an alert that is designed to tell you when your dock is about to become grounded due to low water levels, you might create a title that reads Move the Dock Out! which clearly indicates to you what the alert email is about and what to do. A secondary benefit gained from the alert title is that you know the alert email is NOT spam by simple recognition of your unique title.
Where can I see examples of alerts?Visit our Alert Examples page to learn about different ways to use alerts.
What are alert reminder instructions?Alert reminder instructions are included in each alert email that you receive. They instruct you on what action to take to prevent or correct the problem for which the alert was created. For example, I might want to remind myself to purchase cable extensions for my dock BEFORE driving up the lake if the lake drops to a certain level and is expected to drop further to move the dock out. If someone else who is not familiar with how to manage a dock is receiving a copy of the alert, I might include instructions for securing the dock ramp to the shoreline. These are just a few examples of the many uses of alert reminder instructions.
What is a watermark?A watermark represents the water level that your lake can rise or fall to before an alert email is sent to you. Each alert that you create has its own watermarks. Always set your watermark control to levels that give you ample time to correct an issue before a problem occurs due to rising or falling lake levels. For instance, if your dock becomes grounded when the level for your lake is at 650ft. MSL, set your lake level watermark to warn you when the lake is at or below 652ft. Doing so will give you a 2ft. water level buffer to get to the lake and move your dock out. Please visit our Watermark Tutorial to read more about recommendations and suggestions for determining your watermarks.
How do I determine the watermark for my alert?Please visit the Watermark Tutorial page to read more about recommendations and suggestions for creating your alerts.
What is MSL?MSL stands for "Mean Sea Level" meaning the average sea level between high tide and low tide. MSL is used as a standard level (starting point) from which other levels around the world are measured. Lake levels are measured in this way. A report that a lake is at a level of 660ft. MSL means that the lake water surface level is 660ft. higher than sea level at a given moment in time.
What does it mean to suspend an alert?Suspending an alert means that you stop LLA from sending you further reminder emails for a specific instance of an alert.
After an alert is triggered by high or low water level conditions, you will receive an initial alert email. You will then receive subsequent reminder emails for this alert every X number of days. X represents the number of days you assigned to the 'Reminder Email' control when you set up the alert.
For instance, you created an alert and set the 'Reminder Email' setting to send reminder emails every 3 days after the initial alert email. So, every 3 days, LLA will send another alert reminder email to you UNLESS lake level conditions return to safe levels or you suspend the alert. Every alert email that you receive has a hyperlink that will allow you to suspend an alert or you can suspend alerts from your main account menu.
How do I re-activate a suspended alert?Alerts can be re-activated from within your account by clicking on the Remove Suspension link to the right of the alert. Alerts also get re-activated automatically once water levels return to levels that are within the "Safe Zone" between your high and low level watermarks.
Will LakeLevelAlert.com provide or sell my email address to a third party?NO! LakeLevelAlert.com respects the privacy and honors the trust of each registered user. LLA WILL NOT provide or sell your email addresses to a third party.