UPPCO to lower water levels at hydroelectric reservoirs

Marquette — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will begin lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs in anticipation of melting snow and precipitation during the spring of 2019. These water level changes are required by the hydroelectric project licenses that are issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The water levels at UPPCO’s Silver Lake, Hoist (Dead River), Victoria Dam, Bond Falls and Lake Gogebic reservoirs will be lowered during the month of January. Prickett Dam reservoir levels will be lowered starting in February.

UPPCO wants to remind the public that water level changes can lead to unsafe ice conditions due to “bridging” (creation of an air gap beneath the ice). Increased water flowing through the rivers may also cause the ice to deteriorate.

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