03 December 2016: Clary Lake Dam Gate Fully Opened Today


Clary Lake dam owner Paul Kelley, Jr. opening the dam’s gate today, December 3, 2016.

Today the Clary Lake dam owner was seen opening the dam’s gate (pictured at left) shortly after meeting on-site with a Lincoln County Deputy. I have no idea why Mr. Kelley summoned the police to his property or whether it had anything to do with his decision to open the gate today, but I was told by a passerby that he and the officer were seen standing on the road in front of the dam before he opened the gate and that Mr. Kelley looked “upset” and was “waving his arms” and pointing at the dam. I can’t imagine what Mr. Kelley’s problem might be.

The gate has been effectively closed since mid-summer, and I have been wondering if or when Mr. Kelley was going to open the gate this fall to provide the Minimum Flows required in the Clary Lake Water Level Order . Flows vary throughout the year: between November 16th and December 31st the Order says the gate should be opened 0.9 feet to provide 15.5 cfs (cubic feet per second) of outflows. Mr. Kelley has in fact opened the gate all the way, approximately 2.5 feet, letting out way more water than the recommended volume. Clearly, Mr. Kelley had more on his mind today than just meeting the minimum flows requirement, and he isn’t particularly interested in garnering anything like goodwill either. It seems to me Mr. Kelley could use a little of that about now.

By early afternoon the water level in the mill pond behind the dam had fallen noticeably. I’ve revised the Water Level Charts to reflect the change in gate status.

4 thoughts on “03 December 2016: Clary Lake Dam Gate Fully Opened Today

  1. Kate Seba

    George, I can’t get to the rest of your post. It just brings up a site map. Is something wrong with the site

    1. George Fergusson Post author

      Kate- I emailed you. I’m not sure what your problem is. If you’re using a smartphone, it might be related to the mobile theme. I’ve disabled it temporarily. Let me know if your issue continues.

    2. George Fergusson Post author

      Hi Kate- So I borrowed my wife’s smartphone and tested the site with and without the mobile theme enabled. It appears when the mobile theme is enabled, people using smartphones to access the site are presented with a site map of every page on the site, below which is the regular content. Perhaps you just needed to scroll down further? You were able to leave a comment I notice.

      Hate it when people have problems with the site. I think for now I will leave the mobile theme disabled until I can get more feedback from smartphone users.

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