Reclamation to Begin Releasing Water from Mckay Reservoir

Media Contact: Barbie Hill , (541) 564-8616

For Release: March 18, 2004

HERMISTON, OR - Officials from Reclamation's Umatilla Field Office announced today that they will begin releasing spring runoff from McKay Reservoir into McKay Creek as soon as March 21, 2004. Initial releases from McKay Reservoir will start at a rate of 75 cubic-feet per second (cfs) and will be increased to match spring inflow volumes.

As of March 18, 2004, the storage level of McKay Reservoir is 3500 acre-feet below the active capacity of 65,500 acre-feet. By April 1, Reclamation will have reached the active capacity storage level and will continue to pass through spring inflows. The current inflow rate of spring runoff into the reservoir is now approximately 480 cfs.

McKay Dam is part of Reclamation's Umatilla Project and is located south of Pendleton, Oregon.

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