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Jamestown Dam releases increased

Lake levels behind Jamestown and Pipestem dams increased about 1 foot last week after the area received heavy rains on June 18 and 19, according to Bob Martin, manager of the dams for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The rainfall officially totaled nearly 2.5 inches in Jamestown.

The higher lake levels prompted corps officials to increase releases from Jamestown Dam to 235 cubic feet per second on June 23. Releases had previously been 150 cfs.

Pipestem Dam releases remained at 215 cfs for a combined release of 450 cfs.

Martin said levels behind Jamestown Dam are about 1 foot above normal summer lake levels.

“The lake has been variable with the rains,” he said.

Martin said water temperatures have also been low in area lakes. Recent readings taken at Spiritwood Lake showed a surface water temperature of 68 degrees.

“There hasn’t been a lot of boating going on,” he said.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452            or by email at knorman@jamestownsun.com

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