Drawdown on the Clarion River set for mid-April

From staff reports

Brookfield Renewable U.S., owner and operator of the Piney Hydroelectric Plant and Dam, announces an upcoming drawdown on the Clarion River to perform work on the spillway gates located on the dam.

Water levels will be lowered down to an approximate elevation of 1,087.5 feet above sea level, which is approximately four feet below the normal level.

The purpose of the drawdown is for the safety of the construction workers and to maintain the structural integrity of the Piney Dam while work is underway.

The drawdown is planned to begin in mid-April and continue through December.

This work is contingent on weather conditions and river flows and may be postponed if flows and weather conditions are not conducive.

Brookfield encourages the public to use caution when boating during the drawdown. There are potential submerged hazards that are not normally a concern when water levels are higher.

To make sure the public is aware of the drawdown; Brookfield has posted signage at boat launches.

Any questions regarding this matter contact Amy Burnett at (857) 265-8298 or amy.burnett@brookfieldrenewable.com.