River Hot Line

Hello. This is the Lower Susquehanna River update for Wednesday November 25, 2015. The current river flow into Safe Harbor is approximately 21,500 cubic feet per second and decreasing. The condition of the water is murky and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. There was no precipitation reported at Safe Harbor between 8am yesterday and 8am today. The forecasted average daily river flows into Safe Harbor for the next three days are 20,000, 18,100, and 17,200 cubic feet per second. The Safe Harbor forebay elevation at 8am was approximately 226.9’above mean sea level. The elevation on Safe Harbor’s Lake Clarke is scheduled to be regulated between the top level of 228.0’ and 3.0’ below for today and tomorrow. Below Safe Harbor, the tailrace area can vary several feet in a matter of minutes during normal operating conditions. Be aware of this danger and pay close attention to varying water levels at Safe Harbor Dam. Safe Harbor is scheduled to generate power intermittently today and intermittently tomorrow. Safe Harbor is not scheduled to spill water over top of the dam today or tomorrow. Boaters, please remain at least 1500’ upstream of the dam for your safety. The elevation of Holtwood’s Lake Aldred is scheduled to be regulated between the top level of 169.5’ and 163.0’ for today and tomorrow. Holtwood is not scheduled to spill water over top of the dam today or tomorrow, but spill could occur at any time. Please be aware of this danger. Spill begins at 169.75’above mean sea level. Please stay off of the rocks below the Holtwood dam or you could easily find yourself trapped by rising water. Boaters should avoid the area downstream of the 1-mile warning tower in the river. Portage access users must keep to the East shore (river left) and use caution. A portage phone at the boat ramp is available for portage assistance. Please keep in mind that all hydroelectric power generation schedules, as well as lake elevations, are subject to change at any time without notice. The Safe Harbor fishermen’s bridge is currently open to the public. Holtwood’s tailrace fishing area is also open to the public. The Pequea and York furnace boat ramps are currently open. Boaters should read all signs and information that alert boaters about safety issues upstream and downstream of the dam and portage access. Boaters are urged to use caution and avoid boating in the lower end of Lake Aldred within 1 mile of the Holtwood dam. Thank you and have a Safe Day.

General Conditions
Remember, generating schedules and lake elevations are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions. Maintain a safe distance above and below both the Safe Harbor dam and the Holtwood dam. Rising water levels and swift currents pose serious safety hazards. People along the rocks below Safe Harbor must be aware of constantly changing water levels. The Safe Harbor tailrace elevations vary greatly, water levels change several feet in a very short time. Boaters and fisherman, please stay alert to all warning sirens and changing water levels. Heed the spill sirens, a long continuous siren, and leave the area immediately. Spill could occur at any time with little or no notice. Lake Clarke boaters...buoys have been placed 1500' upriver of the Safe Harbor dam, these buoys mark restricted water....Boats must stay outside the buoy line. The Washington Boro area is reported to be "shallower" as the result of silting. Watercraft users are urged to use extreme caution in this area. For your safety, please stay away from both the Safe Harbor Dam and the Holtwood Dam. Boaters should stay well upstream of the Holtwood Dam. PPL recommends that boats turn around at the Pinnacle Narrows, about one mile above the dam. This is the location of the large dam warning signs on either side, and middle of the river. It is extremely dangerous to get near either side of the Holtwood dam. For your own safety do not attempt to go out on the rocks below the Holtwood dam. Changing water levels and swift currents have trapped people on these rocks. Be aware and stay well clear of both sides of the Holtwood dam. For more information, call the Lower Susquehanna River Hotline...1-800-692-6328.

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