Reclamation Flow Increase on South Fork of the Boise River

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Brian Sauer, (208) 383-2282

For Release: November 06, 2006

The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily increase releases on the South Fork of the Boise River below Anderson Ranch Dam on November 7-8, to facilitate testing newly installed equipment at the Anderson Ranch Powerplant, located about 20 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho.

On November 7, flows will increase from 300 cubic feet per second to 500 cfs between 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., then return to 300 cfs. On November 8, the flow rate will increase from 300 cfs to 1,000 cfs and return to 300 cfs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Once the testing is completed, flows will return to normal winter levels of about 300 cfs.

Anderson Ranch Dam is an earth-filled structure completed in 1950, and standing about 336 feet high. Water stored behind the dam is used for irrigation, flood control, power generation, and recreation. The storage capacity of the reservoir is approximately 493,000 acre feet.

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