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 28-MAR-2015 20:50 EDT

Roanoke River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet)
Niagara 885.00 886.01
Smith Mountain 795.00 794.18 608.65
Leesville 613.00 608.62 533.04

Smith Mountain Adjusted Elevation: 795.31
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 2002.75 1961.24 1811
Byllesby 2079.20 2078.70 2023.85 1790
Claytor 1846.00 1845.51 1729.75 3210

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 614.00 614.23 592.93 10610
Marmet 590.00 590.26 569.89 10036
Winfield 566.00 566.06 542.79 11805

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 550.70 550.89 519.03 5509

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Ohio River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Racine 560.00 560.72 545.02 24746

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Saint Joseph River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Constantine 782.90 782.95 771.69
Mottville summer: 770.40
winter: 770.00
770.37 759.77 2320
Elkhart summer: 741.50
winter: 739.50
741.63 722.64
Twin Branch 717.10 717.03 696.24 3608
Buchanan summer: 637.50
winter: 637.00
637.53 624.79 2192
Berrien Springs 623.50 623.52 599.11 4782

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 SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2015, INFLOW TO THE SMITH MOUNTAIN PROJECT WAS 2489 CFS AND THE DISCHARGE FROM LEESVILLE 2477 CFS. THE ADJUSTED RESERVOIR ELEVATION WAS 795.34'. THE FLOW RATE AT THE USGS GAUGE AT BROOKNEAL WAS 3470 CFS, STAGE 7.22' AND AT ALTAVISTA 3450 CFS, STAGE 5.68'.