- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

COVINGTON, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to simulate a small flood event at Gathright Dam this week.

The corps says it will conduct a pulse release at the dam near Covington on Wednesday. The release will increase levels in the Jackson River by three to four-and-a-half feet.

Wednesday’s release will be the final one conducted this year. The corps’ Norfolk District had scheduled six releases from June through October but a July 22 release was canceled because of storms. The corps says the storms created higher flows, accomplishing the pulse’s goal.

The releases support a project aimed at improving the Jackson River’s water quality and habitat. The corps says the releases allow several agencies to document environmental benefits and water quality changes resulting from the surge of water.

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