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Verbatim: Annual river-level adjustments set

The City of Fort Wayne issued this news release today:

Fort Wayne, IN – In preparation for winter, City Utilities will make annual adjustments to river levels on Monday, October 22.

That morning, City Utilities will open the tainter gate on the Hosey Dam on the Maumee River near South Anthony Boulevard. By opening the gate, water will be released from the City’s river system and water levels will drop by a few feet. The effects of opening the gate will be seen on all three rivers, primarily in the downtown area. The release of water from behind the Hosey Dam will not affect any downstream communities.

City Utilities’ protocol for operating the gate at Hosey Dam calls for it to be opened on October 15. This year, City Utilities has delayed the river level adjustment to accommodate community requests for an additional week of higher river levels for boating and other activities.

Also on Monday, October 22, City Utilities will remove flashboards from the St. Joseph River Dam near Coliseum Boulevard and North Anthony Boulevard. Flashboards are installed in the spring to raise the level of the river north of the dam. This is done to increase the amount of water held behind the dam to ensure that Fort Wayne has an adequate supply of drinking water during the summer. Good planning and having the flashboards in place allowed Fort Wayne to weather the past summer’s drought with no water use restrictions and to provide water to assist customers of Aqua Indiana in southwest Fort Wayne.

In preparation for removal of the flashboards, the St. Joseph River north of the St. Joe Dam will be lowered by a few feet beginning at midnight on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Persons with docks or with boats moored along the St. Joseph River should be aware of changing river levels and take appropriate precautions to protect their property.

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