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Ennis, Montana

PPL Montana Asks Madison River Water Users to Conserve 

July 18, 2003 
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Reacting to continued oppressive temperatures, PPL Montana is asking consumptive water users along the lower Madison River near Ennis to conserve water.

High temperatures continue to heat the river endangering fisheries. To protect fish from these elevated temperature levels, PPL began last week to release pulses of water from its Madison dam to cool the river, as it has done during similar situations in the past. This action is in accordance with its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license.

“The water pulses have been effectively moderating the solar heating of the lower river,” said John Van Daveer, PPL Montana’s manager of Hydro Generation. “The extended hot and dry weather, however, combined with declining streamflows, could make it difficult to meet the flow release requirements and maintain Hebgen and Madison reservoir levels throughout the summer.”

Van Daveer said PPL Montana is working with regulatory agencies to ensure that water in the system is used as efficiently as possible. The company is requesting that all consumptive water users on the Hebgen-Madison system implement water conservation measures during this critical time to maximize the amount of water available for all uses. He said cooperation by all users can minimize shortages.

PPL Montana, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), has offices in Billings, Butte and Helena. With more than 500 employees, PPL Montana operates the coal-fired Colstrip and Corette power plants and 11 hydroelectric facilities along the Missouri, Flathead, Clark Fork and Madison rivers and Rosebud Creek. PPL EnergyPlus, another PPL subsidiary, operates a trading floor in Butte that markets and sells power in the wholesale energy market.

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