Pine Reservoir refill to begin

May 2, 2019

WE Energies

press release

Media line 414-221-4444 We Energies Media Advisory

Pine Reservoir refill to begin

We Energies will begin refilling the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence, Wisconsin, this week. The reservoir will slowly refill back to normal operating elevation throughout the summer.

A drawdown occurred in late 2018 to conduct maintenance at Pine Dam. Refill was delayed until now because of winter weather conditions.

While the reservoir refills, motor vehicles and ATVs are not allowed on the exposed reservoir bed, metal detecting is not allowed and removal of driftwood is prohibited. Recreation sites No. 34 and 24 will remain open, but launching trailered boats is prohibited until the reservoir returns to normal operating levels.

Safety precautions:
•Obey all warning signs and heed flashing lights, horns or sirens.
•Be aware of navigational hazards such as logs, stumps and trees when boating.
•Be aware of rapidly changing water conditions.
•Be aware of open spillway gates.
•Bring a cellphone and contact 911 in an emergency.
•Wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) while boating.
•Stay outside of buoy lines.
•Have a safe escape route planned when near a dam and evacuate at the first sign of danger.
•Use caution when carrying boats or canoes to/from navigable waters.

We Energies operates 13 hydroelectric power plants in east-central and northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Contact We Energies at 800-242-9137 with questions.
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