MWCD Reservoir Drawdown Schedule Released

By Barb Bennett

September 22, 2017

 

As part of the flood risk management operation of the reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducts annual temporary drawdown of the normal pool elevation of the lake levels. The drawdown allows for additional flood storage capacity needed during the winter thaw and spring rains. Drawdown will begin in early November. Return to normal pool elevation will initiate in February with normal pool elevations obtained in time for the summer recreation season.

The temporary drawdown dates and levels for 2017-2018 for MWCD lakes are as follows:

 

Reservoir

Normal Pool

Winter Level

Total Drawdown (feet)

Begin 2017

Drawdown

Release

Duration

(days)

Suggested intermediate refill schedule by

March 15, 2018

Atwood

928.00

923.00

5.0

November 15

35

926.00

Charles Mill

997.00

992.00

5.0

November 1

30

995.00

Clendening

898.00

893.00

5.0

November 15

35

896.00

Leesville

963.00

958.00

5.0

November 1

35

961.00

Piedmont

913.00

908.00

5.0

November 15

35

911.00

Pleasant Hill

1020.00

1014.00

6.0

November 15

42

1018.00

Seneca

832.20

824.20

8.0

November 1

35

830.20

Tappan

899.30

891.30

8.0

November 1

35

897.30

 

*Recharge typically initiates on February 1. Charles Mill, Seneca and Tappan will initiate recharge on February 15 depending on weather conditions, progress on construction projects and other factors.

 

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