Corps Of Engineers To Cut Back Oahe Releases This Weekend

(KCCR) — The City of Fort Pierre is relaxing some as the U-S Army Corps of Engineers prepares to draw down releases from the Oahe Dam. Fort Pierre Public Works Director Rick Hahn updated the city’s Council Monday night…

“Hopefully this is the last time we’ll have to mention anything about river levels. Currently the water levels…we’re running 65-thousand c-f-s and the lake level; Oahe is at 1609.4, but the good news is by December 9th, we’ll be running at 30-thousand or approximately 30-thousand c-f-s; a little below that. And our lake levels will be at 1608.9 which is the target…which is where they’d like to be about this time so they’re expecting to run that last foot, foot and a half out throughout the winter.”
Hahn says the draw down should begin Friday…

“That will also give us time for a lot of our storm drains to drain back out again at 30-thousand c-f-s and hopefully some of that ground water will go with it.” “You said they’re moving on 12-9? So…” “We’ll be at 30-thousand on December 9th. They’ll start to lower it December 6th and they’ll gradually drop it down to 30-thousand by December 9th.”
The projections are based on the Corp of Engineers three week outlook for water moving through the main stem reservoir system. The Corps is expected to hold a monthly conference call on the river’s status Thursday.