Flows reducing from Wickiup and Haystack dams

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322, 11/01/2018 11:46

For Release: November 01, 2018

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries, will reduce fish and wildlife winter flows from Wickiup and Haystack dams as appropriate for dive inspections of the dams on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Flows from Wickiup Dam will be reduced to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) for up to 8 hours during the inspection. Haystack Dam flows will be reduced to zero cfs for up to 4 hours during the inspection. Flows are being reduced to ensure diver safety during the inspections. This will have no impact to the public.

Wickiup Dam is part of the Deschutes Project, which provides 200,000 acre-feet of storage for irrigation to 50,000 acres within the North Unit Irrigation District near Madras, Ore. Haystack Dam is also part of the Deschutes Project, located about 10 miles south of Madras. Both dams are owned by Reclamation and operated by the North Unit Irrigation District, which supplies irrigation water to the area.

For real-time Crooked River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/destea.html.

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