Dam Debris Closes Lake! By: Jennifer Blatt

Wednesday, March 1

1:00 p.m

Tempe, AZ

Tempe Town Lake will be closed for boating and water activities due to a large amount of debris coming from the upper Salt River. The debris started to arrive at the lake around 6 a.m. today. 

Salt River Project is releasing water at a higher rate. As a result, the growth in the riverbed is being carried by the faster-moving water.  Flows are currently estimated at about 10,000 cubic feet per second. It is expected that this flow will increase this week, but expected flow rates are far below the more than 200,000 cubic feet per second that the Tempe Town Lake Dam can accommodate. The closure of the water for recreational use is due to the debris that is floating. 

These flows are a result of this year’s heavy snow in northern Arizona and heavy rainfall. The dam is working as it should. 

The lake will be closed for water activities including fishing until the flow of debris has passed. We will send out notification of the reopening. The park areas surrounding the lake are still open and no land-based  activities will be affected. The parks are safe and people are welcome to enjoy their regular land-based activities at Tempe Town Lake.


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