MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District will begin a spillway release at 4 p.m. from Norfork Dam today.
Channel capacity in the White River currently allows for both hydropower units at Norfork to run around the clock to lower the lake. However, the Corps is making spillway releases while one of the hydropower units is offline for annual maintenance.
Water will be released at 3,000 cubic feet per second through the turbine generator on unit 1 and tainter gates two through six will be open one foot releasing another 3,000 c.f.s.
The total release will be roughly equivalent to what both units at full power could pass or 6,000 c.f.s.
Future rainfall may cause the Corps to adjust releases at Norfork Lake.
Lake elevation forecasts can be found at the Little Rock District water management website: http://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/pages/reports/remote/lakfcst.htm.
Please use caution when boating and fishing below the Norfork Dam while the water releases are in effect. Generation, lake elevation, and river levels are available at 870-431-5311.
For more information, contact the Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700.
Release no. 15-028