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Gathright Dam Releases


Updated:       FEB 03, 2023

at 0700 hours
04Feb2023 05Feb2023 06Feb2023
Release   168 cfs 168 cfs 168 cfs 168 cfs
Streamgage Stage   8.8 feet 8.8 feet 8.8 feet 8.8 feet


There Are No Plans To Change Releases Today.

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 22
  • JULY 20
  • AUG 10
  • AUG 31
  • SEP 21
  • OCT 12


These pulses, conducted by the Norfolk District in coordination with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, 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 evaluated about 1 week in advance. Check this website regularly for updates.