Snowpack almost gone, Comox Lake shrinking, Puntledge River calming

BC Hydro is advising that the Puntledge River will remain at more seasonal water flows for the remainder of the summer.

BC Hydro is advising that the Puntledge River will remain at more seasonal water flows for the remainder of the summer.The fish migration flows ended last week, Stephen Watson of BC HYdro said Wednesday in a news release.BC Hydro is providing minimum fish flows through the Stotan Falls stretch of the river, and generating power at near full capacity, but generation will be reduced slightly on Friday. This will reduce the total river flow from about 30 cubic metres per second to about 25 m3/s, and have water flows at more typical levels for the time of year.BC Hydro’s planned generating station maintenance is from Sept. 12 to 26. On those days, the total river flow will be around 16 m3/s.BC Hydro has received inquiries all summer from the public on whether or not it is safe to enter the river, primarily for tubing. The profile of the Puntledge this year has been high given the unusual water supply conditions and it’s good to see river safety is resonating with people, Watson said.This latest operations update will provide community notice that the river will be at more normal levels for some time, seven days a week. Proper river safety should always be considered, he added.The Comox Lake Reservoir is at 134.05 metres and slowly declining. The reservoir generally operates between 131 m and 135.3 m. The snowpack is nearly depleted and inflows have dropped off significantly over the past week.— BC Hydro

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