Baldhill Dam discharges to fluctuate this week

Photo courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers 

Citizens will see fluctuating flows along the Sheyenne River this week. Lakeshore users around Lake Ashtabula may need to take action to secure property located on the shoreline, as it may be impacted.  

At the request of the Barnes County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will sharply reduce flows at Baldhill Dam. Discharges will be decreased today, Sept. 24, from around 1,800 cubic feet per second, or CFS, to 100 cfs, followed by a quick increase on Thursday, Sept. 26, to more than 2,000 cfs. Lake Ashtabula is forecasted to increase 1.5 feet above its current elevation to 1,267.5 NGVD 29.

The public is urged to use caution near the Sheyenne and Lake Ashtabula during this time as currents and depths could change quickly.