Saturday, June 28, 2014

U.S. Army Corps to Alliance: No, Lake Pend Oreille Isn't Droppng

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM


Federal officials say any rumors about a plot to drop the level of Lake Pend Oreille this summer are only rumors.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the Lake Pend Oreille Alliance is claiming that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is drawing down the law by 2 feet during the summer. Amy Reese, chief of the corps' water management section, told the Press that it's simply not true.

"They want your water!" trumpets the Lake Pend Oreille Alliance on its website. "No late- or mid-summer drawdown. Not this year not ever."

"We have no plans to change that," said Reese, adding that the current lake elevation of 2,062 feet should be maintained through the summer.

That's not to say that they're not talking about it. In one scenario of cooling Pend Oreille River to improve bull trout habitat, the the lake could be drawn down, but Reese said there was absolutely "no chance" of that taking place.

Any temperature management change can't happen without full public comment and review and federal approval.


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