A monthly report of project operations and Flathead Lake Levels
Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ Hydroelectric Project Operation for Flathead Lake
Representatives from Energy Keepers, Inc. (“EKI”), NorthWestern Energy (“NWE”), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”), the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (“CSKT’), and Bureau of Indian Affairs conferred on December 22, 2015 regarding current and projected operation of the Se̓liš Ksanka Qlispe (formerly Kerr) Project. The current outflow is about 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the lake elevation, as of January 5rd at midnight was 2,887.8 feet.
In December, the natural stream flow averaged 173% of median and 131% of average (historical data from 1981-2010). Precipitation accumulation was 1.85 inches; 1.05 inches is normal in December for the Flathead Basin. January natural inflow forecast is 75% of average. EKI estimates that the average outflow will be approximately 9,000 cfs through January with ending lake elevation on January 31st of ~2886.8 feet. EKI’s plan, in accordance with the FERC approved Memorandum of Understanding with the Army Corps. of Engineers, is to draft to as close to empty, 2883.0’, as the natural channel restriction allows by April 15th. This draft is for flood risk management.
The conveyance of the Kerr Project to CSKT was closed effective 12:00:01 A.M. on September 5, 2015. EKI is a Tribally-owned corporation with which CSKT has delegated the authority and responsibility to manage, operate and maintain the (formerly Kerr) Se̓liš Ksanka Qlispe̓ Project on behalf of CSKT.
Further questions and comments can be directed to:
Emily Corrigan | Energy Keepers, Inc.
Asset Optimization Manager