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Army Corps shares details on final recreational water release of season at Francis E. Walter Dam

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Oct. 5, 2020
The Francis E. Walter Dam has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages since its construction. It also supports recreation along the Lehigh River with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.

The Francis E. Walter Dam has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages since its construction. It also supports recreation along the Lehigh River with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced the schedule for the final water release of the recreation season for the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, PA.

The Army Corps’ Flow Management Plan allows for a final large water release as part of drawing the reservoir down to its winter level. The schedule and water release amounts for the final weekend will be as follows:

  • Sat., Oct. 10, 1:00 a.m. – 2000 cubic feet per second (plus inflow)
  • Sat., Oct. 10, 1:00 p.m. – shift to matching inflow
  • Sun., Oct. 11, 1:00 a.m. – 1200 cubic feet per second (plus inflow) and remaining there until the reservoir returns to its winter elevation of 1300 feet (currently estimated around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday).
  • Sun., Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m. – matching inflow

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.


Contact
Steve Rochette
Stephen.Rochette@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20-048