Snake River Flows Increasing to Benefit Native Fish
Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Art Hill, (208) 678-0461 ext 25
For Release: May 13, 2013
BURLEY, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows in the Snake River below Palisades Dam this week to about 18,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Each day, starting May 13, the flow will increase about 15 percent until the maximum is reached on May 18. After the high flow is sustained for two days, it will be slowly decreased. The flow will return to the 30-year average of about 13,000 cfs during Memorial Day weekend.
"One objective of this operation is to approach 20,000 cfs at the gage near Heise, approximately 48 river miles downstream of Palisades," said Roland Springer, Assistant Area Manager for Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Officel. "Providing high flows at the same time that nature would provide them benefits native fish."
These water releases will not affect Reclamation's ability to meet its water delivery obligations. American Falls Reservoir will store the water that is passed through Palisades Reservoir to be used farther downstream.
The river will be fast and cold during the high flow period. Please use caution and be aware when recreating near the river.
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