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Increased flows begin at Link River Dam

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Herald and News 2/23/17

The Bureau of Reclamation and PacifiCorp are increasing flows at Link River Dam as Upper Klamath Lake has risen above the flood control guidelines.

Flows started increasing Wednesday afternoon and will be increased to bring the Upper Klamath Lake elevation below flood control thresholds. The lake is 88 percent of full pool as of Wednesday evening.

Link River flows will increase to about 6,000 cubic feet per second while Iron Gate Dam flows are expected to increase to a maximum of 7,700 cfs Wednesday. The increased flows are expected to extend through the weekend.

Flooding unlikely

Jason Cameron, Oregon deputy area office manager, said it is unlikely that the agency would use the A canal or other canals to offset the incoming water into the lake to avoid flooding. He noted that there is plenty of capacity of the lake and Link River that any flooding will be unlikely.

Residents and those recreating along the Link and Klamath rivers and on Lake Ewauna should be aware, expect rising water, and take appropriate precautions.

This flow release is being done for flood control purposes but will also provide a surface flushing flow contributing to fish disease mitigation in the Klamath River.

There is potential for additional increased flows through Link River Dam if Upper Klamath Lake levels continue to rise over the next few months.




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