MWCD Winter Drawdown Schedule and Reservoir Projects Released

September 18, 2020

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 2020-2021 drawdown dates and lake levels are as follows:

Reservoir

Normal Pool

Winter Level

Total Drawdown (feet)

Begin 2020 Drawdown

Release Duration (days)

Suggested intermediate refill schedule by March 15, 2021

Atwood

928.00

920.00

8.0

November 15

42

926.00

Charles Mill

997.00

994.00

3.0

November 15

30

995.00

Clendening

898.00

893.00

5.0

November 1

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

1012.00

8.0

November 1

42

1018.00

Seneca

832.20

827.20

5.0

November 15

35

830.20

Tappan

899.30

894.30

5.0

November 15

35

897.30

During the past 10 years, 126 projects improving 9.1 miles of shoreline have been completed on MWCD reservoirs. As a continuation of this program, six project areas totaling 2,210 feet of shoreline at Atwood, Pleasant Hill, and Seneca reservoirs are scheduled for this year's winter drawdown. 

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