Reclamation Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Lowering Lake Havasu for Trash Rack Repair at Parker Dam

Media Contact: Rose Davis, 702.293.8421

For Release: July 15, 2013

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is holding a public meeting in Lake Havasu City, Arizona to discuss plans to lower the water level of Lake Havasu for approximately eight weeks to repair the trash racks at Parker Dam. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST at the Mohave County Library, located at 1770 North McCulloch Boulevard in Lake Havasu City. Reclamation staff from the Lower Colorado Regional Office will be available to answer questions regarding the project.

Beginning in mid-December 2013, and continuing until about mid-February 2014, Reclamation will lower the water level of Lake Havasu to approximately 445.0 feet above mean sea level to repair and replace deteriorating components of the Parker Dam outer forebay trash rack structure. This structure is the first of two systems that filter debris from the river before it can affect power generation at the dam. The current trash racks, original to Parker Dam, are 75 years old and deteriorated beyond repair.

While Lake Havasu is normally lowered during winter months for river management activities, seasonal fluctuations typically range from about 445.8 to 449.5 feet. The lake level will remain at about 445.0 feet until work on the trash racks is completed. However, due to unforeseen circumstances caused by operational or environmental conditions, the lake level may vary from 445.0 feet during this period.

If you would like additional information regarding the meeting, please contact the Water Operations Control Center at 702-293-8373, or

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