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The last week it has been so nice to see some good water on the lower Au Sable. The river has been up and water is still pretty clear. Finding a few nice adult steelhead which are scattered throughout the entire steelhead section. With the good water now, numbers should keep increasing. Looking forward to late November and December! Here is a picture from yesterday's float.
 

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Nice fish:) Might be hitting the pier once next week while in up in Tawas for whities:D
 

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Here is some good info on future water levels on the Au Sable River for this month and for new controls going in at Foote Dam.


Consumers is prepared to start refilling the pond beginning this afternoon, Thursday November 5. A major part of the reason for beginning immediately is the relatively high flows in the Au Sable as discussed below.

Due to recent rains, the Au Sable flow at the Red Oak gauge is reading about 980 cfs, Mio gauge is about 1200 cfs and Foote is pushing about 1500 cfs. That's about 200 cfs above average flow rates for this time of year. Starting immediately will allow us to take advantage of those higher flows to get the pond refilled, while still being able to minimize any potential flow reduction impact that will be seen downstream.

Based on current conditions, the Mio Operators will begin reducing flow from Mio approximately 100 cfs, or by about 10% of the Red Oak flow. This should equate to slightly less than a 0.5 foot per day increase in pond level. The Operators will continue to adjust the Mio outflow in relationship to the Red Oak gauge as river conditions change - generally sticking with a target 10% reduction. This decrease in flow is expected to have a minimal impact on the outflow from Foote. If we see a need to change that plan we will get you an update or if someone has concerns about what they're seeing downstream - please let us know.

In other news, the Foote auto controls are being completed and following a shop test, which Consumers will monitor next week, should arrive on site the week of November 16. Installation and testing is expected to begin around Thanksgiving. Consumers will initially operate Foote on the auto controls during the day when an Operator can monitor the Project. Off-hours will return to manual until experience is gained with the new system.
 
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