So, I'm leaving for WVa on Tues, and I checked the site www.deepcreekhydro.com
and the apparent news is that yes, Deep Creek Lake is so low that the recreational releases scheduled during Gauley Fest for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday 9/14, Wednesday 9/15, and Thursday 9/16 have been cancelled...from the site:
On August 9th the DeepCreekLake dropped below the Lower Rule Band (LRB) of the state-issued permit under which the Deep Creek Hydro station operates. The reason for this is low rainfall and unusually hot conditions for the past several months. Consistent with the terms of our MDE operating permit, Brookfield has discontinued Monday and Friday whitewater releases (WWR). However, per the permit, the Saturday WWR will continue until the lake is one foot below the LRB. The permit also requires and we are continuing temperature enhancement releases (TER) (as necessitated by the TER protocol) and the release of a minimum flow greater than or equal to 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) downstream of the hydro project's tailrace into the Youghiogheny River.
Brookfield is working closely with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and other agencies and stakeholders to monitor the situation and adhere to our operating permit. We appreciate the public's patience.
I called the release hotline at 315-413-2823 and the recording stated that there are no releases between 9/11 and 9/18.
Looks like the Yough will remain unseen until next year??? And the New is at -1.65 ft on the gauge at Fayette Station...looks like its low water thursday...until Gauley on friday.