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subject West River release this coming weekend? Nope...
author Chris Weed
city Burlington, VT
posted Monday Sep 14th 2020, 5:11 PM

Some weeks ago, Jamaica State Park said on its home page that a fall release was unlikely but not officially cancelled:

In addition, the US Army Corps of Engineers has informed us that it is unlikely that a scheduled water release will be held the last weekend of September due to complications with a maintenance problem at the Ball Mountain Dam. Should a water release be possible, there would not be a vehicle shuttle or vendors at the state park this year.

Today I noticed a September 9 post on the USACE Facebook page that said the release is cancelled. A check of the real-time data page for Ball Mountain Dam shows a pool level of 33.5 feet, which is slightly below the normal winter level, i.e., the target level for a fall draw-down. So there is really no way they can do a release, unless we get a ton of rain in the next few days. That is definitely not in the cards.

That said, Jamaica State Park is a beautiful place for a weekend getaway — hiking, biking, and hanging out. However, be prepared for a couple of chilly fall days next weekend, with daytime highs about 60 F and nights in the 30s.


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