Lake Moovalya Refill Accelerated by Two Days
Media Contact: Robert Walsh, 702-293-8421
River Operations Center, 702-293-8373
For Release: January 13, 2009
Because maintenance on the Colorado River Indian Tribes irrigation system will be completed earlier than expected, the process to refill Lake Moovalya will begin mid-morning on Thursday, January 15. The lake is expected to return to its normal elevation - 364.4 feet above mean sea level - by Thursday afternoon.
Lake Moovalya, the small body of water impounded behind Headgate Rock Dam north of Parker, Arizona, was lowered approximately 1 foot in elevation on January 5 to allow the maintenance activities to occur. The refill process was scheduled to begin Saturday morning, January 17.
The refill is not expected to impact releases from Parker Dam, but flows below Headgate Rock Dam will be reduced to facilitate the refill.
All river users should remember that fluctuating or lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as moving sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, caution should be exercised while using the river.
More information on Colorado River operations can be found on-line at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html.
# # #
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR.