Monthly Archives: March 2014

Grant PUD plans recreation improvements

Grant PUD Commissioners voted today to accelerate plans for scheduled improvements to Wanapum reservoir boat launches during low-elevation conditions, pending regulatory approval. The Wanapum reservoir has been drawn down by about 26 feet since a fracture was discovered in one … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Grantpud.org webpage has Wanapum spillway updates and information

Grant PUD has established a page on its website devoted to the Wanapum Dam spillway response. The page: http://www.grantpud.org/your-pud/media-room/wanapum-dam-spillway-response can be found by clicking on the link on the home page of the grantpud.org website. Links to press releases, photos … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Average spring runoff predicted for Mid-Columbia and Wanapum Dam

While Grant PUD continues to address the fracture discovered in one of Wanapum Dam’s spillway pier monoliths, the facility remains an operational hydropower plant. Under current conditions, the dam is capable of generating 400 megawatts of electricity. The upcoming spring … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Drilling platform planned for Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD contractor Kuney-Goebel JV is designing a drilling platform for Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith No. 4. The platform will be used to conduct investigative drilling to determine the geometry of the fracture that was discovered … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Law enforcement is actively patrolling Wanapum shoreline

BEVERLY, Wash. – Deputies from Grant, Kittitas, Douglas and Chelan county sheriff’s offices, as well as officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, are now under contract to join Grant PUD in patrolling the closed Wanapum reservoir shoreline. … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Grant PUD working with Ecology to assist irrigators affected by drawdown

Grant PUD working with Ecology to assist irrigators affected by drawdown BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD is working in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Ecology to ensure that irrigators with land-use authorizations for surface-water withdrawals from the Wanapum … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Contractor hired to help with Wanapum Dam spillway pier evaluation

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD plans to work with contractor Kuney-Goebel JV and subcontractors to begin investigative drilling into Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith No. 4 on Thursday. A fracture was discovered in the monolith on Feb. 27. The precise-drilling … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Extensive examination of Wanapum Dam monolith is underway

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD is working with engineering consultants to conduct a forensic analysis over the coming weeks on the cause of the fracture discovered Feb. 27 on one of the spillway pier monoliths at Wanapum Dam. Methods used … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Grant PUD investigates Wanapum spillway and responds to the effects of reservoir drawdown

March 10- Grant PUD is actively studying options to repair the fractured section of Wanapum Dam. A team of utility engineers, consultants and regulatory officials worked through the weekend to continue to identify what caused the fracture and potential options … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Grant PUD is studying fish passage options at Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD is actively studying options to safely pass adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead past Wanapum Dam if the current drawdown of the Wanapum reservoir continues into the migration season. Adult upstream passage begins in April … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Shoreline exposed by Wanapum reservoir drawdown is closed to public

On Wednesday, March 5, Grant PUD closed the shoreline exposed by the drawdown of the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam. Only authorized personnel are allowed access to the shoreline below the high-water mark of the reservoir. The utility is posting signs … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Emergency classification lowered at Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Last night, Grant PUD lowered its Emergency Action Plan classification for the Wanapum Dam spillway incident to a “non-failure emergency.” The utility had been operating under the condition of a “developing failure” since February 28. Grant PUD’s … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Wanapum Dam Spillway Presentation to Grant PUD Commissioners

Wanapum Dam Spillway Board Presentation

Posted in Community, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Uncategorized, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Wanapum Dam stabilizing following drawdown

Wanapum Dam stabilizing following drawdown BEVERLY, Wash. – Engineering surveys taken on Monday, March 3 at Wanapum Dam show that the cracked area found on one the dam’s spillways is stabilizing. As of yesterday, the crack had closed by nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases, Wanapum Dam Spillway Response | Leave a comment

Public workshops planned for proposed shoreline procedures and standards

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will hold two public workshops to share plans and receive input on proposed shoreline procedures and standards it will use to permit and monitor non-exclusive, private uses on PUD-owned shoreline on the Columbia River. The … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Natural Resources, Press Releases | Leave a comment

Drawdown of Columbia River continues in support of work on Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Drawdown of the water behind Wanapum Dam will continue until roughly 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 as crews work towards stabilizing the crack found on a spillway section of the dam. Once the drawdown is complete, the … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Experts Monitoring Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Working in conjunction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and independent engineers, Grant PUD continues to inspect and evaluate the crack found on a spillway section at Wanapum Dam on February 27. Preliminary engineering studies called for … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Press Releases | Leave a comment