I drove up to Baldhill Dam April 9 and watched as 2,300 cubic feet per second of water exploded over the spillway into the Sheyenne River. Later, at home south of Valley City, the Sheyenne still flooded some of my pasture. In late fall, of course, the river should be flowing at its normal 30 cfs.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will maintain Baldhill Dam at a discharge of 3,000 cubic feet per second throughout the next week, it said in a press release Monday.
Releases from Baldhill Dam are based on forecasted inflows from the National Weather Service. The corps must balance inflows and outflows so that the Baldhill Dam emergency spillway is not overtopped. The NWS has forecasted that the Sheyenne River will crest in Valley City on March 24 at 15 feet.
A study is under way at Baldhill Dam, near Valley City, N.D., to determine if a hydroelectric power plant would be feasible when waters from the Missouri River join Lake Ashtabula, said Dave Koland, general manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy, in Carrington, N.D.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it won’t lower the rate of water released from the Baldhill Dam north of Valley City for at least four more days.
April 25, 2009
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