Guernsey Reservoir Silt Run has been Extended

Media Contact: John Lawson, 307-261-5671
Mark Andersen, 406-247-7610

For Release: July 23, 2003

The Guernsey Reservoir Silt Run has been extended by six days according to John H. Lawson, Area Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation, Wyoming Area Office in Mills, Wyoming. The Silt Run is an operation which provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation. Due to the extreme drought condition, this operation will be continued through noon on July 31, 2003.

During the Silt Run, water to meet downstream irrigation demands is released from Glendo Reservoir and flows through Guernsey Reservoir, flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators.

The water level in Guernsey Reservoir will remain lowered through noon on July 31, 2003. Beginning on July 31, 2003, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir to a level suitable for recreation on August 3, 2003.

Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir.

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