I&M Power delays process of raising water on St. Joseph River

Those with boats and other watercraft may want to consider waiting to put them in the St. Joseph River.

I&M Power will be delaying the annual process of raising the water level upstream of the Elkhart Hydroelectric Plant to its normal Spring and Summer level.

Maintenance work was performed during the winter months, but the work will continue into the spring and must be completed in order to raise the water levels.

Work is set to begin the week of April 1, and once completed the water will be raised in 6-inch increments with a goal of raising the level by two feet until it reaches normal summer level by Memorial Day.

However, they say that the water could remain lower for a longer period of time if complications arise.

While some watercraft may already be in the water, I&M says it is up to residents on whether they choose to take them out or not.

Customers who have questions can contact I&M customer service.

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Charles U Farley March 22, 2024 at 1:08 pm

Nothing like owning a vehicle that you cannot use without depending on a government sanctioned monopoly to finish their “maintenance”…

Monica Perin April 3, 2024 at 10:18 am

And no mention as to the higher than normal river level on the other side of the dam towards Lake Michigan due to water released. We have watched it rise exponentially since Monday 1 April. Frightening. How long will this last? Implications along with Spring rains to those who live downstream of the dam…


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