US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Army Corps updates water release schedule at Francis E. Walter Dam

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Aug. 9, 2019
The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages. It also supports recreation in the Lehigh Valley with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.

The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages. It also supports recreation in the Lehigh Valley with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District updated the 2019 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan. 

The Army Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be scheduled if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir. Precipitation throughout the summer has enabled the Army Corps to schedule multiple increments of the plan, which includes the following additions:

  • 6b. Increase Aug. 24-25 whitewater total release to 1700 cubic feet per second on Saturday and 1000 cubic feet per second on Sunday. 
  • 7. Add fisheries enhancement releases of 50 cubic feet per second for the period of Sept. 7-20 
  • 8b. Increase Aug. 31-Sept. 1 whitewater total release to 1700 cubic feet per second on Saturday and 1000 cubic feet per second on Sunday. 
  • 9. Add fisheries enhancement release of 50 cubic feet per second for the period of Sept. 21-Oct. 4. 

The Army Corps will announce in early to mid-September if it is able to hold the final increment of the plan, which includes releasing any excess water during the period of Friday, Oct. 11 through Monday, Oct. 14. 


Contact
Steve Rochette
215-656-6432
Stephen.Rochette@usace.army.mil
or
Dave Williams
David.B.Williams@usace.army.mil

Release no. 19-017