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Ashton Dam Construction

Apr 30, 2012 | Mike Lawson

PacifiCorp plans to begin the Ashton Reservoir drawdown on Wednesday, May 9th. The drawdown should be completed in 14 days. At that time Ashton Reservoir will be at the same low level it was last fall, and it will stay at that level until November, when the project should be completed and Ashton Reservoir will be refilled for the last time.

We really hope the drawdown will be completed before the fishing season opens below the reservoir May 26th. However, as we saw last year after the drawdown, there was greenish off-color water for almost a month after. And unfortunately, this is once again likely to be the case well into June.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but the project does continue to move forward on schedule, and it should be completed by the end of 2012.