The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District released the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Flow Management Plan for the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, PA. The plan, developed in partnership with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, lists dates and release amounts for whitewater and fisheries releases for the recreation seasons. Water will again be allocated to ensure whitewater releases from July to late August and fisheries releases from July to early September. Seasonal precipitation and water accumulation will be used for releases later in the season (late August through mid-October).
In 2019, planned dates (22) for fishing releases (target 400 cubic feet per second)* are:
- March: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
- April: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
- May: 4, 5, 12, 19
- October: as provided by end of year release around the weekend of 12-13 October
* Release will be set to match inflow with a target release up to 400 cfs. Inflow will not be augmented by use of storage to satisfy the 400 cfs target.
In 2019, planned dates (24) for whitewater releases are listed below. All other dates during the recreation season, until the weekend of October 12,13 have a planned fisheries augmentation release of at least 50 cubic feet per second if sufficient water is available.
- May: 11, 18, 25, 26
- June: 8, 9, 22, 23
- July: 6, 7, 20, 21, 27, 28
- August: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24*, 25*, 31*
- September: 1*
- October: as provided by end of year releases around the weekend of 12-13 October**
*Releases will depend on seasonal precipitation and water accumulation.
**The Oct. 12-13 weekend release is intended to provide a means of releasing any excess water that may have accumulated during the recreation season. This is the last added increment for the 2019 recreation plan, please refer to Increment 10 for a detailed description of this event as starting dates may vary. Fisheries releases through the season will be accommodated before the final weekend (Oct 12-13) release will be considered.
In 2019, the Army Corps will hold a total of 22 fishing releases and 24 whitewater release dates (four of which are dependent on additional precipitation along with fisheries enhancement releases on all other days during the recreation season). All dates are dependent on hydrologic conditions and the absence of the need for flood control operations.