Released On: June 19, 2013
The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the American Falls High School Auditorium, 2966 S. Frontage Road, American Falls, Idaho. People needing sign language interpretation or other accessible accommodations should contact Helene Tomaszewski at (208) 383-2217.
The meeting is held in response to requests from the City of American Falls, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the communities of Chubbuck and Pocatello.
"We realize that people are concerned about the reservoir level for a variety of reasons," Mike Beus, Upper Snake Field Office hydrologist said. "And as we enter into a dry season, it's especially important that people have a basic understanding of how the reservoir is operated."
In 2007, Reclamation agreed to increase water quality monitoring and direct communications with DEQ when reservoir levels near 100,000 acre-feet or about 6 percent of its capacity. Last summer, the reservoir was held at 138,000 acre-feet which had a negative impact on recreation, but did not require increased water quality monitoring.
Reservoir levels this year are expected to be low mainly due to the lack of winter moisture and anticipated drawdowns to meet irrigation needs downstream. In addition to explaining reservoir operations, other topics at the meeting will include water quality, native fish, and the recreational impacts to the local economy.
For more information about the meeting contact Mike Beus, Reclamation hydrologist, at (208) 678-0461 (ext. 27).
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