The Grant PUD began refilling the reservoir behind the Wanapum Dam on Tuesday, March 16th after a year of research, construction and collaboration was completed to repair a fracture in the dam's spillway.
Depending on river flows, the utility expects to be at normal river levels within the next two weeks. This is the last major milestone for this project, and the reservoir is expected to be fully restored to its pre-existing conditions for public access and utilization.
All Grant PUD boat launches and shorelines, with the exception of those areas under construction, will reopen to the public ahead of schedule. However, the PUD urges the public to use caution when accessing the reservoir due to fluctuating water levels and heed all warning signs.
Over the past year the utility has done the following during the project: