GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE — The elevation of the Great Sacandaga Lake and the flow of the Hudson and Sacandaga rivers may rise, according to Hudson River-Black River Regulating District news release. In response to anticipated increased runoff and a high volume of inflow to the lake over the next week, the HRBRRD began releasing water from the lake Thursday at a rate of 7,800 cubic feet per second, exceeding the targeted maximum flow limitations for the Hudson River as prescribed in the HRBRRD’s Offer of Settlement.
On Wednesday, the district identified the need to deviate from the flow limitations in accordance with Section 3.6.1, “Exceptions to Operation for Aggressive Use of Storage,” according to the release.
Based on National Weather Service flow forecasts for the Sacandaga River at Hope and the Hudson River at Hadley, as well as precipitation forecasts, the district identified the potential for continued increase in the lake’s elevation in excess of 733 feet between April 10 and 17, according to the release.
For more information on river flows and the regulating district’s reservoir releases, see www.hrbrrd.com/gauges.html.