Fox River Stratton Operations Status Update
Rainfall over the Fox River watershed was lighter in the Wisconsin portion of the watershed than the Illinois portion. The heaviest rain fell south of Stratton Dam with Aurora receiving 1 ¾” of rain. Stratton Dam receive 1” of rain. Figure 1 shows rainfall thru 6am this morning. Most of the snow has melting which adds additional runoff to the watershed. The Chain of Lakes has most of the winter pool storage available with the Fox Lake stage is 2.9 feet.
As shown in Figure 2, today’s rainfall is estimated to be ½” to 1”. Little rain is forecasted for Wednesday to Saturday.
The National Weather Service is predicting the Fox River near New Munster, WI will crest at stage of 13.0’ on Thursday February 22. This forecast included the forecasted rain for today.
SYSTEM CONDITIONS AND OPERATIONS
The Chain of Lakes and the Fox River will continue to rise thru Friday, February 23. The Chain of Lakes is expected to peak at stage of 3.6’ without an additional rain today. Depending on how much rain falls today, summer pools levels could be reached. The Fox River tailwater stage at Stratton Dam is expected to peak at a stage of 3.2’. Gates at Stratton Dam and Algonquin dams have been opened.