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  • USACE Kansas City District announces likely cancellation of fall water release from Rathbun Lake

    Unless conditions improve by the end of the first week of October, the fall water release previously announced by the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be cancelled. In July USACE announced tentative plans to perform the fall water release at Rathbun Lake. Currently conditions do not favor the water release as the pool elevation is near the multipurpose level of 904.0 feet.
  • USACE announces planned fall release from Rathbun Lake on Chariton watershed

    The public is invited to comment on the Rathbun Lake fall release as permitted in the revised 2016 Rathbun Lake Water Control Manual. The fall release will occur likely between the last week of September through early October 2022. The release of water will not exceed 2,700 cubic feet per second from Rathbun Reservoir and would be on-going for no longer than three or four days, excluding the ramp up and ramp down.
  • Rathbun Lake 2021 fall water release likely to be cancelled

    At present, Rathbun pool elevation is about half a foot above multipurpose 904.0 feet. Current conditions at Rathbun Lake appear to be unfavorable for the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers to conduct a fall water release in either late September or early October 2021.
  • Officials invite public comment on Rathbun Lake fall releases

    In 2016 in response to stakeholder input, the Corps of Engineers revised its operating guidance for Rathbun Lake. The new guidance allows for an annual opportunity, every autumn, for the lake to schedule a release of water to benefit state and privately managed conservation and recreational areas downstream in the Chariton watershed.
  • Fall releases from Rathbun Lake unlikely this season

    CENTERVILLE, IA - Present conditions at Rathbun Lake appear to be unfavorable for the U.S. Army of Corps Engineers to conduct a fall water release this year as the pool elevation is currently below the multipurpose level, 904.0 feet. To provide a fall release for the benefit of state and privately managed conservation and recreational areas in the Chariton watershed downstream of Rathbun Lake, the pool elevation needs to be at 905.6 feet or above to have adequate water storage to conduct the fall water release. In addition, the weather forecast for the next 7 days shows little to no precipitation which contributes to the low probability for a fall water release. 
  • Corps at Rathbun Lake to conduct a fall pulse in late September

    In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updated the Chariton River Water Regulation Manual and incorporated new adaptive water management strategies benefiting interests both upstream and downstream of the Rathbun Lake dam. One of the adaptive water management strategies in the new manual allows for a ‘fall pulse’ or increased water release for a short duration from the lake. This fall pulse gives the Corps the ability to increase water in support of downstream wildlife management goals on state and privately owned lands.
  • Corps of Engineers to release water from Rathbun Lake [UPDATED]

    As downstream conditions permit, the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin flood water releases from Rathbun Lake in Iowa. Releases WERE expected to start around 8 a.m. on Friday morning with a release of 1,500 cubic feet per second BUT now will be delayed for about three days until the Chariton River falls.