Released On: September 25, 2013
Flows will be held at 2.4 cubic feet per second (cfs) starting September 25 and remain at that level until the start of the 2014 irrigation season. These operational changes will address requirements set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"These lower flows will result in more natural wintertime temperatures in the lower reach of the river, which is beneficial to bull trout survival," said Allyn Meuleman, Snake River Area Office Activity Manager. "This will enable us to test our modeling results with the collection of monitoring data over a full year."
Reclamation's studies indicate benefits to water quality and temperature in the reservoir and river when wintertime streamflows are maintained at 2.4 cfs, which is below the current operational flows of 50 cfs.
Deadwood Dam was completed in 1931 and provides irrigation water to the Emmett Irrigation District.
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