Army Corps updates water release schedule for Francis E. Walter Dam

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Aug. 5, 2022
A large reservoir of water is pictured in front of a concrete control tower and dam with scenic vista of a creek/river valley in back drop of image.

Francis E. Walter Dam, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operates as a system in conjunction with Beltzville Dam, located in Lehighton PA, to reduce flooding in the downstream communities along the Lehigh River.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced an update to the 2022 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan.

The Army Corps is canceling the 4th increment of the recreation plan due to insufficient water storage in the reservoir behind the dam. As a result, no fisheries enhancement releases will be held Aug. 6-12 and no whitewater release will be held on Sept. 4.

There is significant offset between water release dates associated with the 4th increment. The recreation plan states that increments will be canceled if there is not sufficient water storage to schedule the entire increment. Any excess water accumulated in August and early September will be used to schedule other recreation plan increments.  

It’s important to note that all recreational releases are subject to change based on the potential need for flood control operations.

Steve Rochette

Release no. 22-017