Water at Cutler Reservoir will be lowered for technical studies and repairs

BENSON – The water level at Cutler Reservoir will be dropped later this month and will remain low for several weeks. PacifiCorp, which owns and operates the reservoir, plans to conduct a series of technical studies as they prepare to renew their federal license for the dam. Water levels will be drawn down beginning October 25th and will remain low until mid-November. When the work is completed, the reservoir will be refilled to normal levels.

While water levels remain low, access to boat ramps will be restricted and access to the Upper Bear River site will not be available.

“We recognize the inconvenience this may cause to those who use Cutler reservoir this time of year,” said Eve Davies, principal scientist for PacifiCorp in a statement. “We appreciate the patience of those who use our facilities while we complete these required studies.

“We urge any who may visit Cutler during this time to please be observant to new hazards that may become exposed. Areas that are usually accessible may become inaccessible, potentially over a period of hours, particularly during the initial period of the drawdown.”

The federal lease of the hydroelectric plant expires in 2024 and PacifiCorp began its six-year process to renew the lease last year.

“The studies required as part of the federal license renewal are essential to keep the Cutler project available to supply energy to customers, and to maintain the many recreational and wildlife benefits that are available from this project,” Davies added.

Besides conducting technical studies, the company will also perform maintenance to the hydroelectric plant while the water is low.

If anyone wants updates on the project, visit https://www.pacificorp.com/energy/hydro/cutler.html or call (801) 220-2245.

The Cutler project first began producing power in 1927. Cutler generates about 106,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough power to meet the typical needs of about 12,000 typical homes in Utah.

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