Chippewa Storage Reservoir Forecast For the Winter 2007/2008
(From Xcel Energy)


Elevation as of December 3, 2007:  1312.42 ft.

Season :      Winter 2007-08

Typical Winter Low Elevation:   1308.0 ft.

2007-08 Projected Winter Low Elevation: 1308.0 ft.


Comments

§ Based on the current reservoir level and the increase in inflow from the October rains, Xcel Energy intends to draw down the reservoir to an elevation of 1308.0 ft. this winter.

§ The projected 1308.0 ft. elevation is based on an average winter snowpack and average inflows into the reservoir during the winter months.

§ Discharge flows from the dam will be maintained at or slightly above minimum levels (>250 cubic feet per second) at the onset of winter with increases in discharge through the winter months to reduce the reservoir to the projected 1308.0 ft. elevation.

§ Xcel Energy intends to re-evaluate the reservoir level and snowpack in late January or early February 2008 to determine if a new forecast is necessary due to deviations in snowpack or inflow changes.


Definitions of Seasons of the Year for Operating the Chippewa Storage Reservoir:
Winter:  December 1 March 31
Spring:  April 1 June 1
Summer: June 2 September 30
Fall:  October 1 November 30


INVASIVE SPECIES AND WATER QUALITY CONCERNS
SAWYER COUNTY ZONING SUMMARY (PDF file)
AUGUST 2007 CHIPPEWA FLOWAGE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN (PDF file)
 (NOTE: The Chippewa Flowage Lake Association does not endorse this management plan and we note that the water level comments in the plan do not concur with  Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions requirements.)
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