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UPPCO Urges Caution Around Hydroelectric Reservoirs- Water Levels Being Lowered
January 3, 2023 | Press Releases
UPPCO URGES CAUTION AROUND HYDROELECTRIC RESEVOIRS
WATER LEVELS BEING LOWERED
Marquette – As winter settles in across the region, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will begin lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs to prepare for melting snow and precipitation during the spring of 2023. UPPCO’s hydroelectric project licenses are issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and require these water level changes.
Silver Lake, Hoise, Victoria Dam, Bond Falls and Lake Gogebic reservoirs will be lowered during the month of January. Prickett Dam reservoir levels will be lowered beginning in February. This change in reservoir levels may create unstable or unsafe ice conditions.
“Water level changes can lead to unsafe ice conditions due to the formation of an air gap beneath the ice,” according to Brett French, UPPCO Vice President of Business Development and Communications. “Increased water flowing through the reservoirs and river systems may also cause the ice to deteriorate, creating unsafe ice conditions. We are asking everyone to exercise caution around they hydroelectric reservoirs and nearby rivers, lakes and streams during the winter months.”
UPPCO’s hydroelectric reservoirs are expected to begin returning to their normal water levels during the month of April, depending upon the rate of snow melt and the onset of spring.
UPPCO is the Upper Peninsula’s largest electric utility serving approximately 52,000 customers across 4,460 square miles. UPPCO and its predecessors have excelled at providing dependable service and safe, reliable energy to its valued customers for more than 135 years.