Dave Becker, the operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the dam, says the change is due to work that’s getting underway at the powerhouse.
“We have a couple of projects going on in the power plant, replacing some transformers, replacing some piping and things like that,” Becker says. “We will not be able to run our normal flows through the power plant, so, we’ll be running water through the spillway and will be doing that through about mid-summer.”
Becker says those spillway flows will have an effect on downstream boaters and fishermen.
“When the spillway is running, we have a restricted area marked by a couple of signs and a buoy that restrict the boaters from coming up any further for safety reasons,” Becker says. “One of the main reasons we wanted to get this out is so people know these are going to be the boating conditions for the next few months.”
Water releases from the dam are now running at near-normal levels. Becker says they expect “fairly normal” water flows in the year ahead.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton