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I&M raising water level of St. Joseph River near Elkhart power station


Release from Indiana Michigan Power (I&M)

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), will begin raising the water level upstream of the Elkhart Hydroelectric Generating Station on Monday, March 18, 2013. 

The reservoir was lowered two feet last December to preclude ice buildup at the County Road 17 Bridge during the winter.  The reservoir will be raised slowly over a three to four day period.

Residents who live along the St. Joseph River within eight miles upstream of the Elkhart generating station may wish to make note of this in case there is any work they would like to finish along the river bank before the level rises two feet.

The Elkhart hydroelectric facility is one of six run-of-river hydroelectric plants on the St. Joseph River owned and operated by I&M.  The facility generates 3.44 megawatts of electricity; the equivalent of serving about 3,500 homes.  I&M operates the Elkhart Hydroelectric Generating Station in accordance with its license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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