Releases in the Lower American River to Increase

Media Contact: Jeffrey S. McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: May 17, 2005

Between 3 - 4 p.m., today, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, the Bureau of Reclamation will increase releases to the Lower American River below Nimbus Dam from 12,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The flow increase is for flood control and inflow management. This release schedule, based on the current forecast, is subject to change. Flows are expected to remain high due to runoff.

Recreationists on or along the Lower American River are advised to exercise caution due to higher and colder river flow conditions. The river will rise an additional 3 feet at 15,000 cfs.

As conditions change, operational updates will be provided. For additional information, please contact Mr. Paul Fujitani, Central Valley Operations Office, at 916-979-2197 (TDD 916-979-2183) or e-mail:

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