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Reservoir flows forecast below normal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting below normal flows for the Pipestem and Jamestown reservoirs this summer. Corps officials have forecasted the maximum combined release from the reservoirs this summer will not exceed 450 cubic feet ...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting below normal flows for the Pipestem and Jamestown reservoirs this summer.

Corps officials have forecasted the maximum combined release from the reservoirs this summer will not exceed 450 cubic feet per second. The forecast might rise to a summer release of 750 cfs if there is additional snow accumulation or significant spring or summer rains.

Bob Martin, manager of the Jamestown and Pipestem dams for the Corps, which control the water level in the reservoirs the flows into the James River, said a combined summer release of 450 cfs is below normal.

“It depends on what the year is,” he said. “In 2009 we were all the way up to 3,200 cfs combined, in 2011, we were at 2,400 (cfs).”

Martin said there had been some release from the Jamestown Reservoir in February due to concerns about the water content of the snowpack in the upper James River and Pipestem Creek basins. Those concerns have eased as unseasonably warm temperatures last month thawed the ground and allowed for some snowmelt to be absorbed.

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