Corps to draw Beaver Lake down five feet by early August
The Army Corps of Engineers will begin making releases through the hydropower turbines at Beaver Dam today (Friday) to bring Beaver Lake down about five feet to the top of the conservation pool, the Corps announced this week. The high level of the lake was caused by repeated rains during the spring and early summer of 2009.
The Corps is advising boat dock owners to keep an eye on their docks during the remaining days of July and the first week of August and move them as needed to prevent them from grounding as the lake recedes. The lake level will drop approximately one half foot each day when the releases begin, the Corps said in a news release.
Downstream conditions at Table Rock and Bull Shoals lakes are such that the floodwater stored in Beaver can begin to be released, a Corps spokesman said. Releases will continue 24 hours a day beginning today, and then be reduced to 12 hours a day Aug. 1. The lake level will continue down at a slower rate until about Aug. 5, when conservation pool at elevation 1,120.4 feet is expected to be reached.
If additional heavy rains fall, the process could be extended over a longer period of time, the Corps said.
Daily lake information can be obtained on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil and then by clicking the "Water Management" button.