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Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk

by , Posted to on 03/23/2009 12:42 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Corps cuts Garrison releases to ease flood risk
 
OMAHA – Releases from Garrison Dam are being cut to near record levels today to ease the risk of flooding in the Bismarck/Mandan area from melting snow and ice.
 
The release rate is being cut from 11,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 6,000 cfs as the river stage in the Bismarck area jumped by six feet since Saturday to 12.5 feet. The runoff from the melting snow and ice has swollen the tributaries that feed into the Missouri River. 
 
The big river’s flow at Bismarck jumped from 20,000 cfs on Saturday to more than 53,000 cfs today. The lower releases will take approximately two days to reach the Bismarck area.
 
“We will monitor flows closely and cut back further if necessary. We won’t increase Garrison releases until the river drops back to more normal levels,” said Larry Cieslik, head of Chief of the Water Management Office here.
 
The normal minimum release from Garrison is 10,000 cfs to meet the needs of utilities and powerplants along the river. The historic low release was 4,100 cfs in 1997. The Missouri River basin experienced largest runoff.




 
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Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/23/2009 12:49 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I hope everything is OK with those South of us down the river.  I feel for those affected by flooding.  Good luck and be safe!!

I wonder if the corps considers it a little more than below average runoff now!!  I guess I will leave it to the "experts" though.
  

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by on 03/23/2009 4:43 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Sweet....maybe I'll get to live some of the "glory days" on this little lake of ours.

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/23/2009 6:16 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Generally speaking, I am not a fan of the Corps water policies, but I'll give them credit on this one.  They responded quickly to cut releases to almost half of what they were two days ago.  Good job!
Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/23/2009 7:45 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/23/2009 9:50 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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This and the cancellation of the spring pallid sturgeon pulse alone should help the lake by about 6-8 inches. 

Doesn't change the runoff into sak, but a change in operations can have huge effects on the lake.

inflow - outflow = change in storage
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Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/23/2009 10:22 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Can someone post that pic of the guy and the dead horse for shorthairs?

You can't aim a duck to death.

Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/23/2009 11:14 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/24/2009 10:28 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Corps cuts Garrison releases to record low to ease flood risk
 
 
OMAHA – Releases from Garrison Dam are being cut to a record-low level today to ease the risk of flooding in the Bismarck/Mandan area from melting snow and ice.
 
The release rate is being cut from 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs as the river stage in the Bismarck area jumped by 2 feet since yesterday to 15 feet.  Flood stage is 16 feet.  The near record 6,000 cfs Garrison release rate was set yesterday.
 
 This 4,000 cfs rate matches the lowest on record from the big dam set in March 1997. The lower releases will take approximately two days to reach the Bismarck area. The Missouri River basin experienced the largest runoff on record in 1997.
 
“We will monitor flows closely and won’t increase Garrison releases until the river drops back to more normal levels,” said Larry Cieslik, Chief of the Water Management Office here. “Runoff into the reservoir the last four days has been almost four times greater than the releases.”
 
The normal minimum release from Garrison is 10,000 cfs to meet the needs of utilities and powerplants along the river. 




 
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Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/24/2009 1:14 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Wow, Sak is up two feet in three days!!  That is a ton of water when you consider the amount of acre feet.  Hopefully slowing the output will help.  Unfortunately they said it takes a couple days to notice a change. 

"When we step into the outdoors, we have the privilege of standing in the presence of God through the power and majesty of His creation. That makes hunting more than a sport or a hobby. It's a calling to something greater. And that transforms the places that we stand into something more than a cropfield or a pasture or a mountain. It makes that place Hallowed Ground."

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by on 03/24/2009 2:32 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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drip drip - only a drip comming out of them chutes now - its all over.  
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by on 03/24/2009 2:47 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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If there's anyone that lives near the dam take some photos.  I'd like to see what it looks like only letting 4000 through.  thanks
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by on 03/24/2009 3:28 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I just ehard they are cutting the releases down from 4000 to 0. I will be running up there tomorrow to take pictures.
Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/24/2009 3:47 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Corps cuts Garrison releases to zero to ease flooding
 
 
OMAHA – Releases from Garrison Dam were cut to zero this afternoon to ease flooding in the Bismarck/Mandan area from melting snow and ice. This is the first time that releases have been shut off for an extended period of time.
 
The release rate is being cut as the river stage in the Bismarck area jumped more than 2 feet since yesterday to 15.5 feet.  Flood stage is 16 feet.   The lower river stages resulting from the shut-off will take approximately two days to reach the Bismarck area.
 
“Currently, tributary inflow is keeping the Missouri River high enough to allow for the continued operation of a number of powerplant and municipal water intakes downstream of Garrison. We will continue to monitor the river flows closely and adjust Garrison release accordingly, to ensure these intakes can remain operable,” said Larry Cieslik, Chief of the Water Management Office here. The normal minimum release from Garrison is 10,000 cfs to meet the needs of utilities and powerplants along the river. 




 
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Re: Corps Cuts Garrison Releases to Ease Flood Risk
by on 03/24/2009 5:01 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I want to see some pictures of that...

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

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by on 03/25/2009 00:15 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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