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Libby Dam Increases Flow To Max Out Electricity Output

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Officials at Libby dam are gearing up from some heavy spring runoff.

The dam was holding back some extra water to keep the flow steady throughout the summer.

That changed when the snowpack picked up, now they're releasing the extra water until mid-May.

All of this water that is passing through the dam will go towards making electricity.

Increasing the flow now will help make sure that all the snow melt can also be used to produce energy, rather than having an overflow situation where there's too much water to all go through the turbines.

"We are now releasing some of that extra water we were holding onto to have room for the spring melt off of the snow," said Eric Edwardson, the operations project manager at the dam.

Edwardson says the water is running pretty quickly near the dam and boaters should be cautious.

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