Army Corps announces LPO drawdown schedule

By Reader Staff

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have announced Lake Pend Oreille elevation targets for the upcoming fall draft at Albeni Falls Dam.

Winter drawdown is scheduled to begin on Sept. 20 and the fall 2020 elevation targets are to:

• Hold summer pool elevation, 2,062-2,062.5 feet, through Sept. 20;

• Maintain 2,061 feet through Sept. 27;

• Target 2,060-2,061 feet by Sept. 30;

• Target 2,051-2,051.5 feet by Nov. 15.

Representatives from the Corps will provide further details on Albeni Falls Dam operations at a joint Corps and Lakes Commission public meeting in October. Topics will cover current and upcoming operations, including the fall draft lake level coordination, weather forecasts, recreation information and a question-and-answer period.

Information about the upcoming public meeting will be announced at a later date.

USACE operates Albeni Falls Dam as a multiple-purpose project, providing flood risk management, power generation, fish and wildlife conservation, navigation and recreation.

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