Released On: November 06, 2009
Since last week, Reclamation has been releasing water from Hugh Butler Lake, which is impounded by Red Willow Dam. Releases are currently 350 cubic-feet-per-second, with no increases anticipated in the near future.
"As we continue to investigate and monitor the dam," said Aaron Thompson, Reclamation's Nebraska-Kansas Area Manager, "we are drawing down the reservoir at a rate of approximately a half-foot per day. We will continue releases for the next few weeks, and are prepared to lower the elevation to at least 2560 feet."
"These operations are in support of our investigations and to ensure the safety of our crews and the public," Thompson said. "I appreciate the cooperation and patience of our partners and public as we move forward with these activities."
Thompson said that as a precaution, local emergency managers are being kept apprised of the situation, and Reclamation has established a Web page at www.usbr.gov/gp/nkao/redwillow/ to provide the public with the most up-to-date information available. Users can register at Reclamation's site to receive automatic email or text updates as new information becomes available.
Red Willow Dam, located on Red Willow Creek about 11 miles north of McCook, is an earthfill embankment with a structural height of 126 feet that forms a reservoir of 85,070 acre-feet. An ungated concrete spillway is located in the right abutment. An outlet works through the base of the dam provides for river and irrigation releases for downstream diversions. The reservoir behind this dam is Hugh Butler Lake.
DOI | Recreation.gov | USA.gov
Stay in touch with Reclamation: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Tumblr | Instagram | RSS | Multimedia