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 17-NOV-2017 21:35 EDT

Roanoke River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet)
Niagara 885.00 885.38
Smith Mountain 795.00 792.90 606.15
Leesville 613.00 605.42 531.67

Smith Mountain Adjusted Elevation: 793.66
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 2002.83 1956.69 1388
Byllesby 2079.20 2078.70 2023.63 1361
Claytor 1846.00 1841.03 1729.80 1840

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 614.00 613.98 590.82 5085
Marmet 590.00 589.98 566.87 6467
Winfield 566.00 566.34 539.75 3979

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 560.00 561.75 539.85 0

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

Saint Joseph River

Project Normal Full Pond Forebay Actual (Feet) Tail Water (Feet) Tail Water Flow (CFS)
Constantine 782.90 782.94 771.60
Mottville summer: 770.40
winter: 770.00
770.40 759.60 1831
Elkhart summer: 741.50
winter: 739.50
741.58 722.15
Twin Branch 717.10 717.09 695.73 3803
Buchanan summer: 637.50
winter: 637.00
637.51 624.10 4044
Berrien Springs 623.50 623.57 599.40 4104

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

Additional Information

AS OF 05:00 THIS MORNING FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2017, INFLOW TO THE SMITH MOUNTAIN PROJECT WAS 481 CFS AND THE DISCHARGE FROM LEESVILLE 451 CFS. THE ADJUSTED RESERVOIR ELEVATION WAS 793.7'. THE FLOW RATE AT THE USGS GAUGE AT BROOKNEAL WAS 724 CFS, STAGE 4.3' AND AT ALTAVISTA 529 CFS, STAGE 3.11'.

CLAYTOR LAKE DRAWDOWN: Appalachian, in cooperation with Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL) and Pulaski County, Va., requested the drawdown to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to perform shoreline stabilization, cleanup projects, and other related maintenance activities.� The biennial drawdown of lake levels will begin Monday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m. The reservoir will be lowered approximately one foot per day until it reaches the 1841-foot elevation�or a total of five feet below the normal full pond level of 1846�. The lake will start to refill the evening of Sunday, Nov. 19 and has a target date of returning to a normal elevation by Nov. 24. Water inflow during the drawdown period could cause projected water levels to fluctuate.