From: PELCHAT Marcel -HYDRO
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2012 11:56 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Winter Drawdown

Good morning,

It's that time of year again. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has
begun, or will begin shortly, to lower water levels in most reservoirs
it regulates throughout Northeastern Ontario, in order to make room
for increased inflows expected each spring. The drawdown typically
runs until mid-February to mid-March, depending on the conditions in
your particular area, short and long term forecasts, as well as
historical precipitation data. At that point, the reservoirs begin
refilling in time for Victoria Day weekend.

With the drawdown underway, OPG will continue to diligently collect
and analyze all relevant information and make adjustments to water
levels as needed with the goal of reaching summer elevations by
Victoria Day weekend, where prescribed by the appropriate water management plan.

To monitor water levels in your area, please visit OPG's Web site,
select the appropriate river system (Abitibi, Matabitchuan, Mattagami
or
Montreal) and click on the structure in question. Information is
updated weekly.

http://www.opg.com/safety/water/river/

Currently, Environment Canada's seasonal model is calling for normal
to above normal precipitation and above normal average temperatures in
Northeastern Ontario for the next three months.

It should also be noted, as water is released from control dams and
flows both upstream and downstream increase, ice will typically be
thinner near these facilities. Please remember to exercise extreme
caution on all waterways, particular those regulated by hydroelectric
facilities.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this activity or
others by OPG, do not hesitate to contact me at (705) 267-7033 ext.
3303.


Marcel Pelchat
Public Affairs Officer
Ontario Power Generation
Tel.: (705) 267-7033 ext. 3303
Cell: (705) 262-2381
Fax: (705) 267-5789

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