Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question:
What are some of the issues with reservoirs?

ANSWER:
As sediment accumulates at the face of a dam, it covers the dam's valves, making them inoperable, thereby reducing the ability to operate the dam to reduce flood risk. Additionally, as sediment accumulates behind the dam, the water conservation capacity of the reservoir behind the dam is reduced. Reservoirs are typically cleaned out as operations require and allow. Historically, it has been several years between the end of one cleanout and the start of the next cleanout.

Sediment