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Wisconsin Public Service warns of thin ice near hydro electric facilities

12:26 PM, Jan. 29, 2014  |  Comments
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Wisconsin Public Service reminds everyone to avoid all winter recreational activities on ice near hydroelectric facilities because of thin ice.

Ice that forms near hydroelectric dams and adjacent reservoirs often is unsafe and inconsistent because of continually changing water flows beneath the ice.

"With recent cold snaps, folks are lulled into thinking ice should be thick and safe to be on," said Bill Bosacki, superintendent of regional generation for WPS. "That may be the case on standing bodies of water, but not the case near hydro-electric facilities. Water below the ice continues to flow at a rapid pace, not allowing the ice to thicken."

"We have ropes, barriers and signs warning of thin ice. However, we have evidence showing some ice fisherman have been inside the safety zone," Bosacki said.

This warning is for areas above and below the dams, as well as at adjacent reservoirs.

WPS owns and operates 15 hydroelectric dams on the Wisconsin, Peshtigo, Menominee and Tomahawk rivers in Northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula and owns much of the land near its hydroelectric dams.

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