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River levels to go down almost three feet Saturday

BC Hydro
By BC Hydro
February 27th, 2020

BC Hydro would like to notify the public that the discharge rates from Arrow Lakes Reservoir will decrease noticeably Saturday, February 29th:

·         At 7 a.m., the discharge rate will decrease from approximately 1,133 cubic metres per second (40,000 cubic feet per second) to about 991 cubic metres per second (35,000 cubic feet per second).

·         At 8 a.m., the discharge rate will decrease from approximately 991 cubic metres per second (35,000 cubic feet per second) to about 850 cubic metres per second (30,000 cubic feet per second).

·         At 9 a.m., the discharge rate will decrease from approximately 850 cubic metres per second (30,000 cubic feet per second) to about 708 cubic metres per second (25,000 cubic feet per second).

These changes are due to Columbia River Treaty coordination agreements. When combined with the outflows from the Kootenay River, Columbia River levels at Birchbank are expected to see a decrease in water levels of about 0.8 metres (2.6 feet) from the current levels.  Please make safety your top priority when planning activities near the Columbia River.

For up-to-date reservoir elevation and river flow information, please call BC Hydro’s toll-free number at 1-877-924-2444 or visit bchydro.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Anne Coules at 250-365-4565.

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