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Corps of Engineers to increase outflow from Baldhill Dam

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published Jan. 19, 2023
Updated: Jan. 19, 2023
Looking upstream at Baldhill Dam

Baldhill Dam from downstream. Photo taken Aug. 30, 2012. USACE St. Paul District photo by George Stringham

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will begin increasing outflow next week from Baldhill Dam located near Valley City, North Dakota, to lower Lake Ashtabula before spring runoff.

Although the area experienced moderate to severe drought conditions late last year, snowpack measured in the drainage area above Baldhill Dam currently indicates an increased potential for spring flooding. Therefore, the reservoir will be lowered to create storage room for spring runoff.

The Corps will increase releases from approximately 130 cubic feet per second, or cfs, to approximately
275 cfs on Monday, Jan. 23, with a target lake level of 1,257.5 feet by March 19.

Users should use extreme caution on the river ice above and below the reservoir as these releases may cause unsafe conditions. Additional adjustments may occur as the spring melt approaches.

Current and historical lake levels and releases can be accessed or All Corps reservoirs are operated in accordance with detailed water control manuals to ensure the system performs as designed.         


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