For Immediate Release
April 15, 2014
Outflow from Albeni Falls Dam will increase from 36,000 cubic feet per second to 38,000 cfs beginning at 9:30 a.m. today. Lake Pend Oreille elevation, as measured at the Hope Gage, is 2,053.34 feet.
Inflows to the lake are beginning to increase and the lake is slowly beginning to refill, but over the course of a day or two it is possible the lake may draft. It is expect the lake could be near 2,053.5 feet by the end of the week. The end-of-month target elevation is 2,054.25 feet. This level may be higher if the natural lake constriction between Albeni Falls Dam and lake controls releases.
The Corps modeling results for possible Lake elevations and streamflows can be found here:
These modeling results will be updated weekly. The current water supply forecast for Albeni Falls Dam is 122 percent of average. With the above average forecast there is a possibility that Lake Pend Oreille and/or Albeni Falls Dam releases could exceed flood stage. The Corps is closely monitoring weather and snowpack conditions, lake inflow, forecasted releases and the level of Lake Pend Oreille. The Corps will continue to operate Albeni Falls Dam to minimize flood damage.
A public information meeting for Albeni Falls Dam operations is scheduled at the Priest River High School cafeteria at 6 p.m., April 22.