WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

 The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 was lake elevation 265.46 feet USGS Datum. This level is 1 foot 2 inches below the spillway crest and 11 inches below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 5 inches since Wednesday April 15, 2014 while the area has received no appreciable precipitation. 

Upper impoundments reporting this week include Woods Pond at 4.5 ft or 3.6 inches above summer setpoint, Crystal Lake 3.6 inches above normal, Long Lake 1.5” below summer levels with heavy inflow from Highland Lake which is 2.4” above summer level and has 2 gates open. The Songo River continues to reflect heavy inflow with a level of 272.7 FT and all gates open. All impoundments continue to report at least some ice cover and there has been no update to the MRAC snow survey this week. 

 Presumpscot River flow will be reduced today April 23, 2014 to 60,000 CFM with the entire allocation to the bypass reach until Friday April 25, when repairs at the Eel Weir project should be complete. 

 All Recreation features at downstream projects are open. Anglers should use extreme caution during this period of high flows. 

 S.D. Warren has begun collecting recreation site use and monitoring data for all our hydro sites. Please assist us in collecting this valuable information such that we may continue to improve our sites. Double Click Survey to be directed to the survey site. 

Please use caution and obey all warning signals and signage in the vicinity of the dams.

FRIDAY 4/18/2014

Based on this morning’s conditions with Lake Level rising nearly 2” per day. S.D. Warren is increasing flow to the Presumpscot River to 100,000 CFM, with the entire allocation to the bypass reach. 

 All Recreation features at downstream projects are open. Anglers should use extreme caution during this period of high flows.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014

The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 was lake elevation 265.03 feet USGS Datum. This level is 1 foot 7 inches below the spillway crest and 1 foot 2 inches below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 1 foot 3 inches in the previous week despite flow increases on Monday and Wednesday to a total outflow of 80,000 CFM. During this period the NWS reports Portland received 0.8 inches of rain and 1.2 inches of snow. Temperatures have consistently averaged above freezing contributing to a rapid snow melt from the Bridgton and Fryeburg snowpack and influx of water to the upper watershed above normal seasonal levels. 

Upper impoundments reporting this week include Songo Lock/Long Lake increasing 1.3 feet to 271.7 on April 15, with sluice gates, lock gates, and log sluice open; and Woods Pond at 5.4 feet an increase of 5.5 inches or 1.3 feet above summer dam setpoint. 

S. D. Warren participated in the Maine Riverflow Advisory Commission’s committee meeting on Monday, April 14. The commission published an updated snowpack survey yesterday April 16 available at http://maine.gov/rfac/rfac_snow.shtml. Warren also participated in the Long Lake/Brandy Pond Water Level Committee’s Annual Meeting on April 16, 2014. 

 Outflows will remain 80,000 cfm with the entire allocation to the bypass reach until April 22, when repairs to Eel Weirs under drain culvert are now scheduled to be completed. 

 All Recreation features at downstream projects are open. Anglers should use extreme caution during this period of high flows. 

 S.D. Warren has begun collecting recreation site use and monitoring data for all our hydro sites. Please assist us in collecting this valuable information such that we may continue to improve our sites. Double Click Survey to be directed to the survey site. 

Please use caution and obey all warning signals and signage in the vicinity of the dams. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

Based on this morning’s conditions, S.D.Warren is increasing flow to the Presumpscot River to 80,000 CFM with the entire allocation to the bypass reach. 

 Anglers at the bypass reaches are reminded to use caution, and follow all warning signs and signals.

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

Based on Lake Level conditions today; S.D. Warren is revising the flow increase to the Presumpscot River to 60,000 CFM with the entire allocation to the bypass reach.

 Anglers at the bypass reaches are reminded to use caution, and follow all warning signs and signals.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Saturday, April 12, 2014 was lake elevation 264.29 feet USGS Datum. This level is 2 foot 4 inches below the spillway crest and 1 feet 10 inches below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 6  inches since the last report Thursday, April 10, 2014, during which period the NWS reports no precipitation in Portland. On Friday the Sebago Park Ranger reported the Songo Lock Gauge at 270.5 ft and rising indicating heavy spillage from Long Lake.  

With rain predicted for this week, S.D. Warren will increase Presumpscot River flow to 40,000 cfm on Monday, April 14, 2014 and anticipates an additional increase later in the week. All outflows will be directed to the bypass reach until ongoing repairs to Eel Weirs under drain culvert have been completed and tested. 

 Anglers at the bypass reaches are reminded to use caution, and follow all warning signs and signals.

BJG

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

 The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 was lake elevation 263.78 feet USGS Datum. This level is 2 foot 10 inches below the spillway crest and 2 feet 8 inches below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 9.6  inches since the last report Thursday, April 3, 2014, during which period the NWS reports 1.5 inch of  rain in Portland. 

 Wood’s Pond reports heavy spillage with a level of 4.95 ft, a rise a one foot rise from the previous week, representing 5 inches above full pond and 10 inches above the summer dam set point. 

 S. D. Warren contributed snowpack surveys to the recently updated Maine Riverflow Advisory Commission’s statewide report.  The survey published yesterday indicates water content in the Sebago watershed between 5 and 6 inches which is similar to the last report published April 2, 2014 with the exception of reductions from Windham southward.  This snowpack water content correlates to the upper 10 percentile value for the previous 10 years. A link for email updates on Snow Surveys can be found at the Snow Survey Website, http://maine.gov/rfac/rfac_snow.shtml

Outflows will remain 15,000 cfm for the coming week with the entire allocation to the bypass reach until April 16 or 17 when repairs to Eel Weirs under drain culvert should be complete. 

All Recreation features are open. 

 S.D. Warren has begun collecting recreation site use and monitoring data for all our hydro sites. Please assist us in collecting this valuable information such that we may continue to improve our sites. Double Click Survey to be directed to the survey site. 

Please use caution and obey all warning signals and signage in the vicinity of the dams. 

BJG

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

4/3/2014 The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 was lake elevation 262.98 feet USGS Datum. This level is 3 foot 8 inches below the spillway crest and 2 feet 11 inches below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 4.4  inches since the last report Thursday, March 27, 2014, during which period the NWS reports 2.2 inch of  rain and 0.4 inches of  snow in Portland. 

Temperatures for the first time this season have averaged above freezing, starting a late thaw and spring run-in period. On April 2, 2013 Woods Pond reported a level of 4.05 ft correlating to 0.6 inches below the “Summer Set point” and spillage of approximately 6 inches on the East spillway. 

The Maine Riverflow Advisory Commission’s report published yesterday indicates water content in the Sebago watershed between 6 and 8 inches which is similar to the last report published March 26, 2014. This snowpack water content correlates to the upper 25 percentile value for the previous 10 years. . A link for email updates on Snow Surveys can be found at the Snow Survey website, http://maine.gov/rfac/rfac_snow.shtml

 On Friday April 3, 2014, Warren will reduce lake outflow to 15,000 cfm with the entire allocation in the bypass reach until ongoing repairs to the Eel Weir Canal #2 under drain culvert are complete. 

All Recreation features are open. 

 S.D. Warren has begun collecting recreation site use and monitoring data for all our hydro sites. Please assist us in collecting this valuable information such that we may continue to improve our sites. Double Click Survey to be directed to the survey site. 

Please use caution and obey all warning signals and signage in the vicinity of the dams.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 was lake elevation 262.61 feet USGS Datum. This level is 4 foot 1/2 inch below the spillway crest and 3 feet 1 inch below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 0.8  inches since the last report Thursday, March 20, 2014, during which period the NWS reports 0.8 inch of  rain and 0.8 inches of  snow in Portland. Woods Pond reports a level of 3.8 ft correlating to the winter set point on the West spillway and spillage of about 2 inches on the East spillway. 

S. D. Warren contributed snowpack surveys to the recently updated Maine Riverflow Advisory Commission’s statewide report.  The survey published yesterday indicates water content in the Sebago watershed between 6 and 8 inches which is similar to the last report published March 19, 2014. This snowpack water content correlates to the upper 25 percentile value for the previous 10 years.  A link for email updates on Snow Surveys can be found at the Snow Survey website, http://maine.gov/rfac/rfac_snow.shtml 

Outflows will remain 17,500 cfm for the coming week. 

All Recreation features are open. S.D. Warren has begun collecting recreation site use and monitoring data for all our hydro sites. Please assist us in collecting this valuable information such that we may continue to improve our sites. Double Click Survey to be directed to the survey site.

Please use caution and obey all warning signals and signage in the vicinity of the dams. 

BJG

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

The level gauge reading at Lake Sebago on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 was lake elevation 262.34 feet USGS Datum. This level is 4 foot 4 inches below the spillway crest and 3 feet below the upper target limit for this date. Lake level has increased 0.5  inches since the last report Thursday, March 5, 2014, during which period the NWS reports 1 inch of  rain and 0.6 inches of  snow in Portland. Woods Pond reports a relatively constant level of 3.70 ft correlating to the winter set point of the West spillway and spillage of about 2 inches on the East spillway. 

A link for email updates on Snow Surveys can be found at the Snow Survey website, http://maine.gov/rfac/rfac_snow.shtml 

Outflows will remain 17,500 cfm for the coming week 

All Recreation features are open. 

Please use caution and obey all warning signals and signage in the vicinity of the dams. 

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The purpose of this site is to inform the community of water level changes to Sebago Lake and flow changes in the Presumpscot River. Information and updates on recreational facilities along the river is also available.

For questions, please contact us at presumpscotriver@sappi.com.
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Eel Weir Fishing Access at bypass reach, Route 35, Windham

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Eel Weir Fishing Access at Tailrace, Middle Jam Rd, Windham

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Dundee Tailrace View downriver from under Angler Bridge to bypass reach. Dundee Rd, Windham

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Gambo Portage Downstream from Gambo Pond, fishing access to the bypass reach, or hike with connection to the Mountain Division Trail and Oriental Powder Mill complex maintained by PRLT. http://www.prlt.org/

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Little FallsRoute 202, between Windham & Gorham

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Mallison Falls Angler access bridge to the bypass reach. Canal St., Gorham

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Saccarappa Falls View from Bridge St, Westbrook

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Cumberland Mills Fishway Opened May 1, 2013, Cumberland St, Westbrook