Reclamation to briefly reduce Davis Dam water releases

Published by The Bee News

July 18, 2022

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Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that it will reduce water releases from Davis Dam on July 19 and Aug. 16.

Releases at the dam will slow to 1,300 cubic feet per second beginning at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both dates. As water levels fall, access to the Colorado River below Davis Dam will be limited and river users should exercise extra caution. Lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as sandbars, gravel bars and unstable riverbanks until flows return to normal levels. Floating debris may also pose potential hazards.

The reduced water releases by Reclamation support an ongoing pest abatement study to reduce the caddisfly population impacting the Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona communities. Lower daytime flows expose river channel banks and dry out caddisfly larvae and pupae. For more information on the study and related public forums, please contact Dr. Michael Cavallaro, the Bullhead City Municipal Entomologist, at 928-763-0109.

Planned operations may change depending on operational or environmental conditions. Daily and hourly information on releases from Reclamation’s Colorado River dams is available online at https://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html.

Davis Dam and Parker Dam projected water release schedules are available on Reclamation’s website at: https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/DavisParkerSchedules.pdf.

If you have questions regarding reservoir releases, please contact the Lower Colorado Basin River Operations Control Center at 702-293-8373 or BCOOwaterops@usbr.gov.

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