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PG&E and PCWA Increase Water Flow for Holiday Weekend

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Looking for some rapid whitewater fun on the river this weekend? Pacific Gas and Electric along with Placer County Water Agency will be increasing recreational water flow on the Middle Fork of the American River for Labor Day Weekend.

PG&E will increase water flow for whitewater recreation in the Chili Bar region of the Middle Fork of the American River in El Dorado County.   Placer County Water Agency will increase the water flow on the Middle Fork of the American River by the Oxbow Reservoir.  Both recreational flows are done in cooperation with American Whitewater Organization.

The higher flow will happen for the Labor Day weekend beginning August 28th and go until September 1st.

Paul Moreno of PG&E said that the company will increase their flow to 1,200 cubic feet per second from Thursday until Monday, and that the increase will be subtle and gradual in the morning hours.  PCWA will increase their cubic feet per second to 1,000.

The sections of the river typically contain Class III rapids in both regions, which are great for skilled paddlers and are considered not appropriate for tubing.  The 15 mile challenging  run from Oxbow put-in to Greenwood take-out features several Class IV rapids, as well as numerous Class II and III rapids. Most notable are the Tunnel Chute and Kanaka Falls. People swimming in or near the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the increased flows.  Rafters and people entering the water should always wear a life-preserving vest.

PCWA’s Darrin Reintjes said the increase of water flow that will happen near Foresthill won’t really affect the flow down at the American River Confluence.

Local rafting companies will have an abundance of water for business building this holiday weekend.


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