Operations Update

A monthly report of project operations and Flathead Lake Levels 

Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ Hydroelectric Project Operation for Flathead Lake 03.25.19

Flathead Lake is at 2884.5’, and slowly filling. Flathead Lake inflows are approximately 4,800 cfs. Current SKQ Project outflows are 3,300 cfs.The weather is warming up in the northwest and the lower elevation snow-pack is beginning to melt in the Flathead Valley. The current snow water equivalent is 84% of normal in the Flathead River Basin. The Northwest River Forecast Center predicts water supply volumes for March and April at 56% and 54% of normal respectively, for the Flathead River Basin. With below average snow-pack and water supply forecasts, the SKQ Project will operate at minimums until further notice. Flathead Lake refill commenced on March 10th, over one month ahead of schedule. The current operational strategy is to have Flathead Lake in the top foot of its operating range in time for summer recreation.

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Mariah Friedlander
Power Analyst, Energy Keepers Inc.
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