Boaters/anglers asked to ‘exercise caution’ with dam outflow increases

Spring might seem to be round around the corner but boaters and anglers are going to have to wait a few days to take advantage of it on the Allegheny River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that “significant increases in outflow from Kinzua Dam are planned” for Saturday and Sunday.

“This increased flow may cause substantial rises in river levels downstream from the dam,” the Corps explained. “Boaters and anglers are advised to exercise caution during the next few days. Gate openings will be spaces over several hours so as (to) not cause sudden rises in river levels.”

The water level of the Allegheny Reservoir has climbed over seven feet since April 1, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey, jumping three feet from April 1 to April 2. The level has continued to climb in spite of increases discharge, with the Corps releasing over 10,000 cubic feet of water per second early Thursday before dropping that to 7,500.

According to the USGS, we’ve received about .8 inches of rain since March 31.

The daily reservoir and forecast published by the Corps details that the reservoir is expected to climb roughly one foot from Friday to Saturday, with discharge holding steady at 7,630 cfs.

A discharge of 12,000 cfs is planned for Sunday and the reservoir level is expected to start on the way back down on Monday, where a 15,000 cfs discharge is forecasted.