1, 2010 - Lehigh River 2010 Flow Plan and Comments
Recreation Release Plan is not all that different than last years
Plan, except for a "clumping" of releases in July/August,
which means releases every
weekend during parts of those months. There will be no whitewater
releases after September 5, with the exception of a potential
BIG DUMP on September 17.
That is if the Corps has the stored water.
Frankly, this Release Plan has the potential to
release super-heated water when the river is most vulnerable.
Over the last few years we've been trending away from dumping
72F water during the late-summer (August) time-frame, but it looks
like the wishes of the rafting companies trump the concerns on
potential effects on the trout. Also, when the organization that
is tasked to look over our aquatic resources (PFBC) signs
off on a Plan that we feel puts our coldwater species in potential
harm, it is hard to argue with them too much. Obviously the PFBC
feels the effects of these "clumped" releases won't
impact their effect to effectively stock the Lehigh with fingerlings,
which they plan on doing again this year. We shall see how this
plays out this year.
We should also note that is you are an angler who
likes to fish the Lehigh during the evening up near the dam in
the August time frame on weekends, then your fishing will very
well be impacted. If we have a wet/cool year like last year, when
the fishing was good all summer long....welp, you will take a
hit! We ask that you voice your concern with the PFBC and the
Corps regarding their every-single-weekend Release Plan for 2010.
Tell them that it will impact your weekend angling, and that you
will have limited angling opportunities.
Email Mark Hartle, PFBC at - firstname.lastname@example.org
and Ed Voight, ACOE at - email@example.com
Release weekends (12 hrs on & 12 hrs off starting at 1AM
and ending at 1PM) are as follows:
May - 15, 29,30
June - 12, 13, 26, 27
July - 10, 11, 24, 25, 31
August - 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22*, 28*, 29*
September - 4*, 5* 17**
* - only if additional precipitation is accumulated during the
** - if sufficient storage is available, ramping down will occur
on Sept 18 & 19th