Hydro Plant Levels & Flows

This information is updated every hour for river users near AEP's hydroelectric facilities. See plant locations.

Explanation of terms: The 'Forebay' and 'Tailwater' numbers show the elevation, in feet above sea level, of the water levels just upstream and downstream of the plants. 'Tailwater Flow' is the hourly average of the river flow just downstream of the plants, measured in cubic feet per second.

Updated 18-SEP-2014 11:35 EDT

Roanoke River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet)
Niagara 885.00 884.65
Smith Mountain 795.00 794.46 605.89
Leesville 613.00 604.40 532.66

Smith Mountain Adjusted Elevation: 795.03
This is the level the lake would be if the water currently held in the lower Leesville Lake for reuse were pumped back into Smith Mountain Lake.

See the Additional Information section below for plant-specific notices.

New River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Buck 2003.40 2002.89 1960.28 1641
Byllesby 2079.20 2069.55 2023.60 1245
Claytor 1846.00 1845.58 1729.54 1837

Our New River Flows & Forecasts pages show information about releases from AEP's Claytor dam and forecasted water conditions downstream.

See the Additional Information section below for plant-specific notices.

Kanawha River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
London 614.00 614.10 590.76 1528
Marmet 590.00 590.23 566.08 3503
Winfield 566.00 566.15 539.39 3112

See the Additional Information section below for plant-specific notices.

James River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Reusens 550.70 550.95 516.63 1620

See the Additional Information section below for plant-specific notices.

Ohio River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Racine 560.00 560.89 539.59 12237

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Saint Joseph River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Constantine 782.90 783.30 770.84
Mottville summer: 770.40
winter: 770.00
770.37 758.69 1088
Elkhart summer: 741.50
winter: 739.50
741.69 721.02
Twin Branch 717.10 716.97 695.32 1991
Buchanan summer: 637.50
winter: 637.00
637.48 624.01 669
Berrien Springs 623.50 623.48 598.09 2788

See the Additional Information section below for plant-specific notices.

Additional Information

ALL HYDRO PROJECTS MAY HAVE FLOW MODIFICATIONS CAUSED BY WEATHER CONDITIONS OR OTHER DEMANDS. CHANGES MAY BE MADE WITHOUT NOTICE.

FOR CURRENT RESERVOIR LEVELS, CALL 540-985-2767 OR CONSULT THE WEBSITE AT AEP.COM.

AS OF 05:00 THIS MORNING THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2014, INFLOW TO THE SMITH MOUNTAIN PROJECT WAS 700 CFS AND THE DISCHARGE FROM LEESVILLE 860 CFS. THE ADJUSTED RESERVOIR ELEVATION WAS 795.1'. THE FLOW RATE AT THE USGS GAUGE AT BROOKNEAL WAS 1350 CFS, STAGE 4.84' AND AT ALTAVISTA 1170 CFS, STAGE 3.83'.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, SPECIAL RELEASES WILL BEGIN FROM THE CLAYTOR DAM. THE RELEASES WILL VARY ALL WEEK FOR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES TO DO FISH SAMPLING DOWNSTREAM OF THE DAM.