Nothing is really changing except for the volume of water being released at max generating capacity. There has never been an advance
warning when the generators kick in.
What has changed is the volume that will be flowing is a lot more than previous producing higher water levels and faster flow than before.
I think it will prove out that what gave the appearance of a delay was that generators do not turn on instantly like a light switch. The spool up time that is required will probably be a bit longer to get to the new almost 50% higher capacity being released.
But "just in case" I will be setting up an aluminum foil stand near the parking lot.
Good analysis Neumie
This is directly from the Corps site from 2013
""Riverside East Park, located on the Hill county side of the dam has long been a popular location for river
access. Daily, visitors come to wade in the river, fly fish, and launch boats. It is paramount that visitors do not
venture beyond the posted signage. This is due to the danger associated with the release of water from the
dam’s hydropower plant.
Although with each release or change in flow a warning siren is sounded, there is no delay between the siren
and the release or change in flow of the water
. Therefore, not only is activity beyond the posted signage
forbidden and considered a violation of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, it is a huge safety risk. In
addition, water recreation in the riverbed outside the restricted area will also experience increased flow and
potentially dangerous conditions during water releases. As in any undesignated swimming area, caution should
be used in these areas as well. ""
I am headed upstream to the Nolan for sandies anyway.