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Reclamation to conduct drone flights at Grand Coulee Dam


Water spills over two drum gates on Grand Coulee Dam Monday. Reclamation expects to have to spill water in June as spring runoff continues to fill the lake. In preparation for a big spring runoff, the bureau drew down Lake Roosevelt to 1,222.7 feet above sea level at the beginning of May, about 67 feet below full. It had risen about 52 feet from that low as of Tuesday. - Scott Hunter photo

If you see some unidentified flying objects near the Grand Coulee Dam, don't be alarmed! It most likely isn't aliens studying hydroelectric power, but rather "drones" capturing aerial footage of the dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation detailed the flights in a June 4 press release, saying the purpose is to "photograph and obtain video footage of the structure while water is spilling over the drum gates during the month of June."

The new footage will show infrastructure improvements made over recent years.

"Reclamation's Unmanned Aircraft System team consists of Federal Aviation Administration...

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