Reclamation Begins Work on Snake Creek Pumping Plant: Audubon Lake Levels to be Affected

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204

For Release: May 20, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is deviating from normal pumping operations of Audubon Lake to allow work on Snake Creek Pumping Plant. The pumping plant is located about six miles northwest of Coleharbor, North Dakota, in McLean County.

Reclamation has awarded a contract to replace the Snake Creek Pumping Plant brick walls and roof, and work is expected to continue from May 2013 to January 2014.

"This construction activity will leave the pumping plant inoperable after the initial spring pumping," said Dakotas Area Office Manager Richard Long. "The brick walls and roof replacement is critical to assure the pumping plant retains its integrity into the future."

Reclamation began pumping water into Audubon Lake May 14, and will continue filling the lake to an elevation of approximately 1847.2. It is anticipated the initial spring pumping will conclude by May 25. Once the lake reaches this elevation, Reclamation will discontinue pumping water into Audubon Lake for the duration of work on the pumping plant.

Based on average water loss and evaporation, and estimated water deliveries through McClusky Canal, Reclamation anticipates Audubon Lake will recede to elevation 1845.2 by Sept. 2. Normal pumping operations will resume in 2014.

For more information, please contact Patience Hurley at 701-221-1204, or

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