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Gathright Dam pulse release scheduled for Sept. 2

Published Aug. 31, 2015
Gathright Dam located in Alleghany County, Va., impounds the water flowing down the Jackson River to create the 2,500 acre Lake Moomaw. The dam has prevented numerous floods over its 30 plus year existence saving countless dollars and lives. (U.S. Army Photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

Gathright Dam located in Alleghany County, Va., impounds the water flowing down the Jackson River to create the 2,500 acre Lake Moomaw. The dam has prevented numerous floods over its 30 plus year existence saving countless dollars and lives. (U.S. Army Photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

NORFOLK, Va. -- Operators at Gathright Dam near Covington, Virginia will conduct a pulse release Wednesday.

The pulses, conducted by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will begin at approximately 6 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. and will increase levels 3 to 4.5 feet in the Jackson River.

The agencies advise people who use the river to be aware of the river fluctuations caused by the pulses.

The pulse release is one of six that the Norfolk District scheduled from June through October 2015.

The remaining 2015 pulse dates are scheduled for the flowing Wednesdays:

Sept. 23
Oct. 14

All dates subject to change based on weather conditions and rainfall.