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Corps plans 6 pulse releases from Gathright Dam from June through October to gather data

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COVINGTON, Virginia — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct six pulse releases from Gathright Dam near Covington to gather water data.

Pulse releases simulate the conditions of small flood events.

Army Corps of Engineers hydraulic engineer Owen Reece says the releases will help to document the water quality and environmental benefits of an alternative water control plan for the dam.

The first release from the dam is scheduled for June 24. Other releases will be conducted on July 22, Aug. 12, Sept. 2, Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. All of the releases will begin around 6 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. The dates could change based on rainfall and weather conditions.

The corps says the releases will increase the Jackson River's levels by three to four-and-a-half feet.

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