Published June 23, 2015
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ROGERS, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District will be making spillway releases from Beaver Dam during an unscheduled outage of its hydropower turbines. 

A minimum flood release equivalent, also known as firm power, will continue to be made through the spillway instead of through the turbines as long as the generators are offline during the unexpected outage.

Because of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Bill, rain fall runoff is still causing Beaver Lake to rise.  The minimum flood release is required to ensure the lake does not exceed its flood storage capacity.

            Water released through the spillway is warmer than water released through the turbines and may adversely affect trout immediately downstream of the dam.

Once the hydropower generators are back in service, water releases will again be made through the generators.

The change of release method has been coordinated with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers regret any inconvenience this may cause and ask for public cooperation during the unscheduled hydropower outage.

Laurie Driver

Release no. 15-055