Lake McConaughy at 84% capacity

March 6, 2019

Lake McConaughy is at 84 percent capacity, according to a report from Cory Steinke to the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District board at their meeting Monday in Holdrege.

The lake is at 3,255.5 feet above sea level, with a water volume of 1.47 million acre-feet, which is 479 billion gallons. That is enough to cover an area the size of the state of Nebraska with 3.75 inches of water.

Steinke, hydraulic project operations manager for CNPPID, also reported that snowpack conditions are slightly above average in the basins of the South Platte River and the upper and lower North Platte River.

Cold temperatures and ice in the river make data collection difficult, he said, but he estimates inflows to the lake are 700 to 800 cubic feet per second.

At their meeting, the CNPPID board awarded several bids:

» To Snell Services of North Platte to replace two 10-ton condensers on the air conditioning unit at Kingsley Hydroelectric Power Plant for $67,498.

» To Gene Steffy Chrysler in Fremont for the purchase of five three-quarter-ton Dodge pickups for $29,245 per vehicle. A bid for four half-ton pickups was previously awarded to Janssen Chrysler of Holdrege, but after finding an error in pricing, the vehicles were re-bid with the updated state government rate.

» To RDO Truck Center in Lincoln for a truck cab and chassis with a dump body, for $139,674.

» To SmithCo Manufacturing Co. of Le Mars, Iowa, for a 20-cubic-yard side dump trailer for $42,077.