To make sure the course for the HAPO Columbia Cup is as perfect as possible, water operations crews work with the Corps of Engineers to get the river to the right level.
KENNEWICK, WA – To make sure the course for the HAPO Columbia Cup is as perfect as possible, water operations crews work with the Corps of Engineers to get the river to the right level.
There is actually an optimal water level. 339.8 feet above sea level is what they call a “full pool”. That's the river depth that organizers request and the Corps works to reach by the time the setup down by the river begins.
"If it was higher we would just have to make sure we had extra line on all of our anchor ties so the buoys were visible. If it's lower there could be shallow spots out there in the race course that might be too shallow for the boats to run in," explained Michael Hendricks who directs the Water Operations Crew for Water Follies.
This week the water level is just about at that “full pool” level just in time for drivers and their crews to get into town and put their boats in the water this weekend. If you take a look along the shoreline you can even see that the river was higher just recently but has come down a bit as they use the nearby dams to control the level.