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Gathright Dam Releases


Updated:       SEP 23, 2018

at 0700 hours
at 0830 hours
Release   600 cfs 1,200 cfs 1,200 cfs
Streamgage Stage   9.8 feet 10.6 feet 10.6 feet


20 SEPTEMBER 2018 The Pulse Release from Gathright Dam, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018, has been cancelled based on the high flows in the Covington area resulting from the remnants of Florence. The last Pulse Release for 2018 is scheduled for October 17, 2018.

Releases from Gathright Dam are made for a variety of purposes. The flow values cited above are the expected releases and may be increased or decreased without prior notice, depending on changing climatic and hydrologic conditions.

Reference location for the flow and streamgage stage values is the USGS Streamgage (02011800) located 0.5 miles downstream of Gathright Dam.

Reference Releases and Stream Stages
Release Streamgage Stage   Release Streamgage Stage
150 cfs 8.8 feet 2,500 cfs 11.8 feet
300 cfs 9.2 feet 5,000 cfs 13.3 feet
600 cfs 9.8 feet 7,500 cfs 14.4 feet
1,200 cfs 10.7 feet 10,000 cfs 15.3 feet

(1) Releases between 150 cfs and 1,200 cfs are made during non Flood Release Operations
(2) Releases above 1,200 cfs are made during Flood Release Operations.


Pulse releases are scheduled for the following Wednesdays:

  • JUNE 27
  • JULY 25
  • AUG 15
  • SEP 5
  • SEP 26
  • OCT 17


These pulses, conducted by the Norfolk District in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will begin at approximately 6 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m.

The peak pulse release will be 3,500 cfs and will increase levels 3 to 4.5 feet in the Jackson River.

Pulse releases are usually confirmed about 1 week in advance. Check this website regularly for updates.