Grand Coulee, WA

United States Bureau Of Land Reclamation (USBR) issues boater warnings for Lake Roosevelt

Lefty Graves
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**This is a work of nonfiction sourced via School District Sources and other media sources cited within the article. **

Due to a failed log boom, the United States Bureau of Land Reclamation, or USBR, has issued a caution to boaters on Lake Roosevelt. Boaters should be aware that the river is at a high velocity and the low reservoir levels have resulted in a failed log boom.

Care should be taken to avoid debris that is now floating in the river due to the failed log boom. Be especially cautious from the mouth of the Kettle River to approximately 105 miles upstream of Grand Coulee Dam.

The water flow pressure along with the debris pushing against the log booms has caused a breach in two places. More and more debris will be released over the course of the next several days as the water levels begin to rise. At present, the velocity of the water is too high to safely attempt repairs on the log boom.

It could be several weeks before repairs can be made as repair crews must first wait for the velocity to level out. Meanwhile, watch for unexpected floating debris and steer clear of such debris.

Use extra caution to avoid debris as it can pose a safety concern until the lake is at full pool. The elevation of the reservoir is above sea level at 1,261.6 feet and it’s approximately 28.4 feet from being completely full. Water levels are monitored closely throughout the year and it’s normal to drop water levels during spring runoff to help prevent flooding.

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction recovery, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming, and an eclectic mix of other topics. She writes about all things Washington. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington State.

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