MWCD Winter Drawdown Schedule and Reservoir Projects Released

October 14, 2021

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 need 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 summer recreation season.

The temporary 2021 – 2022 drawdown dates and lake levels are as follows:

 

Reservoir

Normal Pool

Winter Level

Total Drawdown (feet)

Begin 2021 Drawdown

Release Duration (days)

Suggested intermediate refill schedule by

March 15, 2022

Atwood

928.00

920.00

8.0

November 8

42

926.00

Charles Mill

997.00

992.00

5.0

November 1

35

995.00

Clendening

898.00

893.00

5.0

November 15

35

896.00

Leesville

963.00

954.25

8.75

November 15

42

961.00

Piedmont

913.00

908.00

5.0

November 1

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

42

830.20

Tappan

899.30

891.30

8.0

November 15

42

897.30

Shoreline projects planned for the Winter of 2021 – 2022 include:

  • Seneca Lake – 500-foot-long concrete block seawall at the Seneca Lake Marina.  This work is being done in conjunction with the Master Plan’s Marina deck replacement and ADA access project.
  • Charles Mill Lake – 1,800-foot-long project at the Yacht Point Cottage Area, and a 550-foot-long project in the Sites Lake Cottage Area off Pike Drive.
  • Atwood Lake – 450-foot-long project along Berwyn Drive in the Pines Cottage Area, 600-foot-long project along Menlo Drive in the Pines Cottage Area, and 400-foot-long project at the Park Camp Area 1 (which is right next to the Marina).

 

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