Keenleyside Dam will see increased flows Canada Day weekend as a planned water release from the Arrow Lakes will cause the Columbia River to rise an estimated one metre.

Keenleyside Dam will see increased flows Canada Day weekend as a planned water release from the Arrow Lakes will cause the Columbia River to rise an estimated one metre.

Local water levels now decreasing

An update from BC Hydro regarding the Arrow Lakes and Columbia and Kootenay rivers.

As promised, BC Hydro has released (pardon the pun) an update regarding water levels in the region.

“The recent heat wave experienced across the province has ended. The current cooler and dry conditions are expected to continue with light to moderate showers developing later in the week.

“Inflows into the Columbia and Kootenay basins have dropped off significantly with rapid decline in snowmelt and should continue to recede throughout the forecast period.

“Arrow Lake Reservoir levels are now decreasing, and flows on the Columbia River at Birchbank, near Trail, are expected to remain steady or gradually recede.”

More information regarding current reservoir levels and discharges is available online at bchydro.com (search for ‘hydromet data’) or by calling 1-877-924-2444.