|The Hosey Dam on the Maumee seen from the Anthony Boulevard bridge. The tainter gate is on the right near the building and it is open.|
Read Fort Wayne's Tainter Gate Policy.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates several river level gauges around Fort Wayne. Only the one located on the St. Mary's River at the Main Street bridge shows the impact of opening or closing the tainter gate. Click here to find real time data showing the depth of the St. Mary's River at the Main Street Bridge.
If it has not been raining, looking at the USGS data before and after the tainter gate is adjusted can give you an idea of how changing the gate affects river levels in Fort Wayne. Click here for more details including ways to estimate river depth at several bridges in fort Wayne.
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In some instances an unplanned emergency repair may case the river levels to be adjusted in the summer. Would you like to know when City Utilities will be adjusting river levels? Subscribe to River Level changes!
St. Joseph River Dam just south of
In the spring the level of the St. Joseph River north of the dam at Coliseum and North Anthony Boulevards is raised. This is done by inserting extensions called "flashboards" that raise the level of the dam so that more water can pool upstream. This helps to ensure that they City has an adequate supply of raw water to use for making treated drinking water during the dry summer months.
The flashboards are usually put in place in April and removed in October or November. In order to insert or remove the flashboards, the river level on the St. Joseph River upstream of the dam must be temporarily lowered so the work can be done safely. The water level is lowered by opening gates at the St. Joseph River Dam and allowing water to fall to a lower level upstream of the dam. After the boards are installed the gates are closed and river levels return to normal. It typically takes one to two days to adjust river levels.
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