For Immediate Release
14 March 2016
Barnett Reservoir increases discharge
The consensus of a morning conference call with the National Weather Service, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was that the increased discharge was needed to stop a rise on the 33,000-acre lake north of Jackson.
It was agreed that the added discharge would not increase the crest at Jackson beyond the 34 feet forecast by the National Weather Service, which did move Jackson’s crest from Monday to Tuesday.
Lowering the lake ahead of the peak inflow is part of a plan to create storage needed to reduce ultimate crests at downriver locations.
Barnett Reservoir stood at 298.0 feet above sea level at 8:15 a.m. Monday, with the inflow into the lake estimated at 39,000 cubic feet per second. The National Weather Service is forecasting a peak inflow of 44,900 cubic feet per second on Wednesday.
River levels can be tracked online at these websites:
For Barnett Reservoir: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jsnm6
For Jackson: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jacm6