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The water level of the Rock River will drop dramatically soon

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Steve Benton
September 17, 2009
— A scheduled draw-down of the Rock River begins Sunday.

Janesville City Parks Director, Tom Presny, says the draw-down is necessary because repairs need to be made to the Centerway Dam in downtown Janesville. The owner of the dam, North American Hydro, is bearing the cost of the repairs.


Presny says the draw-down, repairs, and water level restoration will take about three weeks. During the dam repairs, the depth of the river in downtown Janesville will be about 3 1/2 feet.


The city of Janesville will send out notices when water levels get too low to operate the boat launches. Presny says the city will also take advantage of the low water and will do inspections along the river wall and other structures along the river. There is also talk of a community clean-up while the water levels are down.


Presny says draw-downs like this are rare. He says the last time anybody in the city remembers a similar event was 20 to 25 years ago.



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