Water releases from Fort Randall Dam at Pickstown, South Dakota and Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota are being increased this week in support of the 2017 navigation season downstream. At Gavins Point, releases will be increased 3,000 cfs per day until they reach navigation support levels, which are estimated at 25,000 to 28,000 cfs this spring. Fort Randall’s releases will be used to back up the Gavins Point releases and are typically 2,000 to 3,000 cfs lower than Gavins Point.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the city of Sheridan, Wyoming, will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Best Western, 612 N. Main Street, to gather input on the proposed plan for restoring degraded aquatic habitat in the vicinity of the existing flood control project that exists along Little Goose Creek, Big Goose Creek, and Goose Creek in Sheridan. The public meeting will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a brief presentation at 6:00 p.m. describing the plan followed by an open house.
Maximum combined release from the reservoirs is not expected to exceed 450 cfs this summer.