MWCD Announces Winter Drawdown

September 26, 2019

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 and the return to normal pool elevation will initiate in February. Normal pool elevations will be obtained in time for the summer recreation season.

The temporary 2019-2020 drawdown dates and lake levels are as follows:

Reservoir

Normal Pool

Winter Level

Total Drawdown (feet)

Begin 2019 Drawdown

Release Duration (days)

Suggested intermediate refill schedule by March 15, 2020

Atwood

928.00

922.00

6.0

November 15

35

926.00

Charles Mill

997.00

994.00

3.0

November 1

30

995.00

Clendening

898.00

893.00

5.0

November 15

35

896.00

Leesville

963.00

955.00

8.0

November 1

45

961.00

Piedmont

913.00

905.00

8.0

November 1

45

911.00

Pleasant Hill

1020.00

1014.00

6.0

November 15

42

1018.00

Seneca

832.20

825.20

7.0

November 1

45

830.20

Tappan

899.30

894.30

5.0

November 15

35

897.30

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