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    Gavins Point releases changing; changes will be more frequent

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    OMAHA, NE, UNITED STATES

    03.02.2020

    Story by Eileen Williamson 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division

    OMAHA, Nebraska – The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to decrease releases from Gavins Point Dam from 38,000 cubic feet per second to 35,000 cfs tomorrow.
    Last week’s plan to increase releases to 41,000 cfs stopped at 38,000 cfs due to increased downstream runoff joining the Missouri River after Gavins Point Dam.
    This runoff has contributed to downstream river stages with the potential to impact ongoing levee repairs. Reducing releases from Gavins Point Dam is aimed at taking the peak off the higher river stages.
    “Releases are going to fluctuate frequently this year as part of our aggressive strategy to maintain as much flood control storage as possible for as long as possible. said John Remus, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. This will provide the greatest amount of flood risk reduction across the basin.
    “Because we expect there to be frequent release changes, I encourage all interested parties to monitor National Weather Service river forecasts, Missouri River Water Management reports and set up weather alerts for the most up-to-date weather and river information,” said Remus.
    Missouri River water managers communicate regularly with the National Weather Service. Reservoir release changes are shared with the NWS for incorporation into official river stage forecasts.
    The Corps’ updated monthly Missouri River upper basin runoff forecast will be released March 5.

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    Date Taken: 03.02.2020
    Date Posted: 03.02.2020 12:48
    Story ID: 364294
    Location: OMAHA, NE, US 

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