OMAHA, Neb. --
Reservoir releases are being increased from Pipestem Dam to its expected summer release.
The current pool elevation at Pipestem Dam is 1478.5 feet, almost 51% into its flood pool. Lake levels peaked this year on June 3 at 1479.4 feet, almost 53% into its flood pool. Today, releases are being increased from 450 cubic feet per second to 550 cfs. This release is expected to stay constant for the remainder of the summer. The target date for flood control evacuation at Pipestem Dam is Sept. 1.
The current pool elevation at Jamestown Dam is 1430.4 feet below the base of the flood control pool. Today, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reduced releases to 100 cfs. Lake levels peaked this year on April 16 at 1439.7 feet - about 20% into its flood pool.
The total combined releases with these gate changes is 650 cfs. Basin conditions will continue to be evaluated and releases will be modified as necessary.
Release no. 20-071