Hydroelectric plant inspections planned

Officials from Indiana Michigan Power will begin lowering the water level of the headrace canal at the Constantine hydroelectric plant today.

The Constantine headrace canal at the hydroelectric plant will be lowered 11-feet to allow I&M to perform routine inspections. The drawdown will not impact water levels of the St. Joseph River.

The public may notice an increase in traffic around the dam as heavy equipment will be used during the inspections. Access to the Race Street reservoir boat launch and fishing spots may be limited during the drawdown. The water level will return to normal April 30.

The Constantine hydroelectric facility is one of six run-of-river hydroelectric plants on the St. Joseph River owned and operated by I& M.

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