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Bluestone Dam to temporarily stop flows April 4

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HUNTINGTON (NEWS RELEASE) – The water flowing through the Bluestone Dam in Hinton, W.Va., will be temporarily stopped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on April 4, 2014, to allow survey teams to map the downriver side of the dam.

The lake behind the dam is now at winter pool level. Normally the process to bring the pool up to the summer level begins on April 1, but it will be delayed for four days to allow the survey teams to map the shoreline and sediment deposits above the dam.

Crews will begin closing the gates on the dam early in the morning. The gates will be closed between two and six hours. Once the surveys are completed, the gates will be slowly opened and will be returned to a normal flow by the morning of April 5.

The Corps of Engineers has planned this event in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. The timing and temporary nature of the event should ensure minimal impacts to aquatic species, the lake, the river, recreation and local wildlife.

For more information, call the Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353 or email at pa2@usace.army.mil. You can visit the Corps of Engineers on the internet at www.lrh.usace.army.mil.

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