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

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Sept. 29, 2021
A large reservoir of water is pictured in front of a concrete control tower and dam with scenic vista of a creek/river valley in back drop of image.

Francis E. Walter Dam, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operates as a system in conjunction with Beltzville Dam, located in Lehighton PA, to reduce flooding in the downstream communities along the Lehigh River.

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:

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021, 1:00 a.m. – 1000 cubic feet per second
  • Friday, October 8, 2021, 1:00 a.m. shift to 4000 cubic feet per second
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, 1:00 a.m. – shift to 1700 cubic feet per second
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, 1:00 p.m. -- shift to 850 cubic feet per second
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – shift to matching inflow
  • *Release values assume a 500 cubic feet per second inflow

The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $245 million in flood damages.

Steve Rochette

Release no. 21-031