Wanapum Reservoir to start filling again - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wanapum Reservoir to start filling again

Posted: Updated:
Wanapum Reservoir will begin refilling again between Nov. 24 and Dec. 11. Wanapum Reservoir will begin refilling again between Nov. 24 and Dec. 11.
EPHRATA, Wash. - After nearly 10 months of working to repair and strengthen Wanapum Dam's spillway after a crack appeared, Grant PUD is planning to raise the reservoir behind the dam,


Subject to the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the river level will begin to fill sometime between Nov. 24 and Dec. 11. The river will eventually be restored about 17 feet above currently levels. The partial refill will take between six and 18 days, and will allow fish ladders to resume operations. It will also give the utility flexibility to manage hydroelectric generation over the winter months.


While repairs continue, the reservoir shoreline will remain closed. Repairs will last through winter, but the utility expects to resume normal operations in time for the 2015 recreation season.


So far, 13 steel anchor tendons and four anchor bars have been installed. Additionally 83 monitoring drains have been drilled in the spillway. 


Commission President Bob Bernd is optimistic about the reservoir's partial refill.


“These results are directly attributed to everyone coming together with a common goal and willingness to get things done," Bernd said in a news release. "The fact that we are seeing the river level increase less than a year after we found an unprecedented fracture in our spillway is nothing short of incredible.”


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Westbound I-90 at Ellensburg back open after 16 vehicle crash

    PHOTOS: Westbound I-90 at Ellensburg back open after 16 vehicle crash

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:23 PM EST2018-02-17 22:23:29 GMT

    CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

    >>

    CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

    >>
  • Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

    Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:10 AM EST2018-02-18 16:10:32 GMT

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

    >>

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

    >>
  • Day care owner pleads guilty to trying to kill toddler

    Day care owner pleads guilty to trying to kill toddler

    Saturday, February 17 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-02-18 03:46:19 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler in her home.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan.

    >>

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler in her home.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Is there another Earth? UW scientists says maybe

    Is there another Earth? UW scientists says maybe

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-02-18 22:21:58 GMT
    NASANASA

    SEATTLE - Scientists at the University of Washington say two planets approximately 40 light years away from ours could be just like Earth.  UW is part of an international scientific collaboration studying the TRAPPIST 1 solar system. The TRAPPIST 1 system orbits around a star 12 times less massive than the Sun and only slightly larger than Jupiter. It contains at least seven planets in orbit and is the closest known solar system to our own. 

    >>

    SEATTLE - Scientists at the University of Washington say two planets approximately 40 light years away from ours could be just like Earth.  UW is part of an international scientific collaboration studying the TRAPPIST 1 solar system. The TRAPPIST 1 system orbits around a star 12 times less massive than the Sun and only slightly larger than Jupiter. It contains at least seven planets in orbit and is the closest known solar system to our own. 

    >>
  • 4 survivors of Grand Canyon helicopter crash still critical

    4 survivors of Grand Canyon helicopter crash still critical

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-02-18 22:21:10 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition.    Three British tourists were killed on Feb. 10 when the helicopter from Las Vegas went down on tribal land outside Grand Canyon National Park.

    >>

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition.    Three British tourists were killed on Feb. 10 when the helicopter from Las Vegas went down on tribal land outside Grand Canyon National Park.

    >>
  • JetBlue offers to fly Parkland victims' families to South Florida free of charge

    JetBlue offers to fly Parkland victims' families to South Florida free of charge

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:51 PM EST2018-02-18 21:51:19 GMT
    jetblue.comjetblue.com
    JetBlue is offering to fly the family members of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting free of charge to the South Florida area.  The airline announced it would fly them free via its Family Assistance Center, and provide access to free ground transportation via Lyft.  "This week’s events are felt by all of our 21,000 crew members, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Laude...>>
    JetBlue is offering to fly the family members of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting free of charge to the South Florida area.  The airline announced it would fly them free via its Family Assistance Center, and provide access to free ground transportation via Lyft.  "This week’s events are felt by all of our 21,000 crew members, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Laude...>>