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Cedar Bluff Water Release Ends

Water DropThe City of Russell started releasing water from Cedar Bluff Reservoir on Thursday, March 14 and according to Russell Public Works Director Arlyn Unrein, the water reached the west end of the Pfeifer well field at 7:30 PM on Monday, March 18, and the release was ended at that time.

Unrein said in a recent press release that on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 AM the water had reached the low head dam the city has on the Smoky Hill River and it will take a day or so for the water to run over the top of dam.

Water was released for 105 hours and approximately 1,232 acre-feet of water was released from Cedar Bluff. The city owns rights to 2,000 acre-feet annually of the lake's water.

Unrein said water levels were taken Monday before the released water arrived and will be taken again next Monday, March 25 to see how much the release water has recharged the aquifer.

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