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Corps of Engineers plans brief outflow reduction at Baldhill Dam

Published July 25, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is reducing outflows into the Sheyenne River at Baldhill Dam, located northwest of Valley City, North Dakota, to approximately 50 cubic feet per second, or cfs, beginning Sunday, July 28.

Outflows are being reduced in order for the U.S. Geological Survey to perform maintenance on survey equipment downstream from the dam.

Lake Ashtabula’s pool is currently at an elevation of 1,265.8 feet and is expected to climb to near 1,266 feet during this time.

Corps staff plan to resume outflows to 470 cfs by mid-week next week.

Baldhill Dam forms Lake Ashtabula on the Sheyenne River. Congress authorized the construction of Baldhill Dam in 1944 to stabilize flows on the Sheyenne River. The dam, which was completed in 1951, serves as a multi-purpose facility, providing water supply, flood abatement, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

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Release no. 19-061