Yakima Basin Water Supply – July Forecast Released

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Chuck Garner, (509) 575-5848 ext. 205

For Release: July 02, 2012

YAKIMA, Wash - The Bureau of Reclamation's July 2012, Total Water Supply Available (TWSA) forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights.

"Water managers and fisheries can expect above normal runoff this season thanks to above average snowpack and reservoir storage," said Chuck Garner, supervisory hydrologist.

The July TWSA forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of July 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Weather conditions will determine streamflows, reservoir storage, and the water supply available.

"Weather changes which are not 100 percent predictable can influence both streamflow levels and seasonal carry-over storage which is why water conservation should always be a consideration in the Yakima Basin," Garner said.

For more information visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima

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