Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55335 Reclamation Announces Canyon Ferry Public Meeting
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Canyon Ferry Public Meeting on July 12, 2016, to discuss information on marinas, the Shoreline Management Plan, and OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) use on Reclamation lands around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. <P> "Reclamation appreciates the opportunity to share information about Canyon Ferry resources and recreation management with the public, and to receive input on these important programs," said Montana Area Manager, Steve Davies. "The public meeting is conducted annually to allow managers to better understand the interests and needs of the public." <P> The Public Meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following location: <P> <strong>Montana Association of Counties (MACo)</strong><br> 2715 Skyway Drive<br> Helena, Montana 59602 <P> For more information please contact the Canyon Ferry Field Office at 406-475-3310 or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55330 J. Signe Snortland Selected as Eastern Colorado Area Manager
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Great Plains Regional Director Michael Ryan has announced the selection of J. Signe Snortland as Area Manager for Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Office (ECAO) in Loveland, Colorado. <P> "Signe has more than 20 years of experience with Reclamation issues and operations," said Ryan. "She is well-versed in critical issues ranging from environmental compliance to operations and maintenance of Reclamation facilities. She is the right person to lead this vital area of the Great Plains Region." <P> Snortland is now responsible for management of water-related land and environmental resources for the Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas Projects. She oversees 15 dams and reservoirs and seven hydropower plants. These facilities provide 420 megawatts of power, which is enough electricity to supply 90,000 homes with annual energy needs, and water for more than 1.4 million people. <P> Snortland replaces former Area Manager Jaci Gould, who is now serving as the Deputy Regional Director for the Lower Colorado Region. Prior to the Area Manager position, Snortland served as the Deputy Area Manager for ECAO since May 2014. She has managed several complex projects, including the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Mount Elbert Pumped-Storage Plant Rehabilitation Projects for ECAO, as well as the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project Environmental Assessment for the Montana Area Office; the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakotas Area Office; and the Republican River Basin Study for the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office. <P> Snortland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Dakota and her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba. During her vacations, she and her husband excavate archaeological sites in Egypt with the Combined Prehistoric Expedition. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55247 Reclamation Announces Availability of Draft EA for Crow Tribe MR&I Water Supply Project
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Crow Tribe Municipal, Rural, and Industrial (MR&I) Water Supply Project. The Crow Tribe, in cooperation with Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), prepared the Draft EA to evaluate the environmental consequences of constructing a water supply system in order to provide an adequate supply of quality potable water for municipal, rural, and industrial uses throughout the Crow Reservation. <P> The proposed project work is part of the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010, which includes funding for the design, construction, and operation of a water supply system to collect, treat, and distribute water to users throughout the Reservation. <P> To view the Draft EA, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html</a>. Hard copies of the EA are available for viewing at the following locations: <P> Bureau of Reclamation<br> Great Plains Regional Office<br> Fifth floor, Room 510<br> 2021 4th Avenue North<br> Billings, MT 59101 <P> Bureau of Indian Affairs<br> Crow Agency Office<br> 69 Weaver Drive<br> Building #2<br> Crow Agency, MT 59022 <P> Crow Tribe Water Resources Department<br> 316 Araopush Road<br> Crow Agency, MT 59022 <P> Comments may be submitted through the project website, or via mail or email to: <P> Bureau of Reclamation<br> Attn: Crow MR&I Water Projects (GP-4000, CGomer)<br> 2021 4th Avenue North<br> Billings, MT 59101 <P> Email: <a href="mailto:cmgomer@usbr.gov">cmgomer@usbr.gov</a> <P> Comments on the Draft EA will be accepted until midnight on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55149 Reclamation Announces Temporary Closures on Seminoe Road
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close a section of Seminoe Road. The location of the closure is west of Miracle Mile Bridge over the North Platte River below Kortes Dam, to just north of the North Red Hills entrance to Seminoe State Park. <P> "The temporary closures are necessary to facilitate the replacement of culverts crossing under the road. The culvert replacements are part of ongoing work to repair road damage caused by heavy rain events," said Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. <P> The road is maintained by Reclamation for employee use associated with operation and maintenance of Seminoe and Kortes dams and power plants. Although the road is not maintained for public traffic, the road is normally open to the public for travel. <P> Weather permitting, the road will be closed from 7:00 am on Tuesday through 12:00 noon on Thursday according to the following schedule: <P> <blockquote> <p>Tuesday June 28 through Thursday June 30</p> <p>Tuesday July 12 through Thursday July 14</p> <p>Tuesday July 26 through Thursday July 28</p> <p>Tuesday August 9 through Thursday August 11</p> <p>Tuesday August 16 through Thursday August 18</p> <p>Tuesday August 30 through Thursday September 1</p> </blockquote> <P> Seminoe State Park remains open and accessible from the south via Carbon County Road 351 from Sinclair. The Miracle Mile recreation area is accessible via the Kortes Road from the north and the Hanna-Leo Road from the south. <P> Members of the public who desire to travel this section of road between Seminoe State Park and the Miracle Mile before or after the temporary road closure do so at their own risk and are encouraged to use caution due to the condition of the road and the ongoing road repair activities. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55048 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's April forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 650,000 acre-feet (af), which is 95 percent of the 30 year average of 686,300 af. Approximately 243,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April and May, leaving 406,700 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 750,000 af, which is 137 percent of the 30 year average of 548,300 af. Approximately 339,700 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April and May, leaving 410,300 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 160,000 af, which is 116 percent of the 30 year average of 138,200 af. Approximately 60,500 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April and May, leaving 99,500 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 380,000 af, which is 93 percent of the 30 year average of 405,900 af. Approximately 122,700 af of the forecasted amount was received during April and May, leaving 257,300 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,088,300 af, which is 98 percent of the 30 year average of 1,114,300 af. Approximately 480,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April and May, leaving 608,000 af of inflow forecasted for June and July.</li> </ul> <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54868 Nelson Dikes Dam Safety Modifications Contractor to Mobilize
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The contractor selected to complete the Nelson Dikes Dam Safety Modifications, Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc., began mobilization to the site on May 26, 2016. Initial activities are anticipated to be limited to mobilization of equipment and materials, installation of dewatering wells downstream of the dikes, and site preparatory work. Normal reservoir operations are anticipated to continue through approximately July 1, after which the reservoir will be drawn down about 16.6 feet to elevation 2205 by August 25, 2016 to facilitate safe excavation of the downstream slopes. Depending on the available water supply the reservoir may be back to normal operating levels in the spring of 2017. <P> Temporary road closures and/or detours around the dikes are not to be expected at this time. The boat ramp located near Dike DA is expected to remain open until early August. <P> An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the modification has been finalized and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed. The public can access the final EA and FONSI on Reclamation's website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/</a>. <P> For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7300. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54867 Bureau of Reclamation Reservoir Conditions
BILLINGS, Mont. -- According to Steve Davies, Area Manager for Reclamation's Montana Area Office, water levels at most Reclamation-managed reservoirs in eastern Montana are at or above average for this time of year. <P> "Most boat ramps should be usable at all Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend," Davies said. "As always, we strongly encourage water-based recreationists to check for the most up-to-date water level conditions at Reclamation's website <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html</a> before heading to your favorite reservoir," Davies added. <P> Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include: <P> <strong>Clark Canyon Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to the reservoir are near average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 12 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Clark Canyon Reservoir. <P> <strong>Canyon Ferry Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Canyon Ferry are near average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 3 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and releases to the Missouri River are being maintained near 6,600 cubic feet per second (cfs). All boat ramps around Canyon Ferry Reservoir are currently usable, with the exception of Goose Bay. Please check the availability of boat ramp facilities at Goose Bay at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/index.html</a>. <P> <strong>Gibson Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Gibson Reservoir are below average for this time of year, while the reservoir level above average for this time of year and is at full pool. The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is currently usable. <P> <strong>Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir)</strong> - Inflows to Tiber Reservoir are below average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 7 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Marias River are currently being maintained near 500 cfs. All boat ramps around Tiber Reservoir are currently usable. <P> <strong>Fresno Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Fresno Reservoir are below average for this time of year. The reservoir level is above average for this time of year at about 0.5 feet above the top of the active conservation pool. Releases to the Milk River are currently near 600 cfs. All boat ramps at Fresno are currently usable. <P> <strong>Nelson Reservoir</strong> - Nelson Reservoir is nearly full and the reservoir level is above average for this time of year. Boaters should be able to launch at all locations around Nelson Reservoir. <P> <strong>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Dam)</strong> - The reservoir level is about 15 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Bighorn River are being maintained above average, near 7,000 cfs, in order to safely store the anticipated spring runoff. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Bighorn Lake. For more information regarding recreation activities and boat launching at Bighorn Lake, recreationists are encouraged to contact the National Park Service at 406-666-3218. <P> Each year hundreds of lives are lost... thousands are injured... and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. Too often pleasure outings turn tragic. You - as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual - can make a difference. For more information visit <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54768 Reclamation Expects High Water Levels in the North Platte River System This Summer
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation expects higher than normal flows and reservoir levels on the North Platte River System this summer. This is due to recent widespread precipitation, coupled with above average snowpack and already well above average water levels in the reservoirs. <P> "Reclamation is continuing to take steps to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into Seminoe and Pathfinder Reservoirs over the next few weeks," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. "Moving water downstream now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other Federal, state, and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows." <P> Spillways and outlet works will be operated as necessary at all of the Reclamation dams along the North Platte River. The public should be aware of the changing river flows and reservoir levels and take proper precautions. <P> The release from Seminoe Dam through the Miracle Mile has been increased to approximately 6,500 cfs (cubic feet per second) and is expected to be increased again to 7,500 cfs by the end of the week. The current release below Pathfinder Dam is approximately 4,600 cfs and is likely to increase to over 5,000 cfs by the end of May, and 7,000 cfs by early June. The current release from Gray Reef Dam is approximately 4,500 cfs and is expected to increase to 5,000 cfs by the end of May and near 7,000 cfs by early June. As a comparison, the Gray Reef Dam releases from the most recent high water year in 2011 were about 8,000 cfs. <P> Glendo Reservoir has risen to approximately 5 feet into the exclusive flood control. The reservoir is expected to remain in the flood pool until late July in an effort to provide downstream flood protection in Wyoming and Nebraska. The Guernsey Reservoir release is currently 5,000 cfs. That outflow is projected through the month of May with an increase to 6,000 cfs by mid-June. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54527 Reclamation Expects High Water Levels in the North Platte River System This Summer
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation expects higher than normal flows and reservoir levels on the North Platte River System this summer. This is due to recent widespread precipitation, coupled with above average snowpack and already well above average water levels in the reservoirs. <P> "Steps are being taken to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into Seminoe and Pathfinder Reservoirs over the next few weeks," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. "Moving water downstream now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other Federal, state, and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows." <P> Spillways and outlet works will be operated as necessary at all of the Reclamation dams along the North Platte River. The public should be aware of the changing river flows and reservoir levels and take proper precautions. <P> The release from Seminoe Dam through the Miracle Mile has been increased to approximately 4,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) and may approach 7,000 cfs by early June. The current release below Pathfinder Dam is approximately 2,500 cfs and is likely to increase to over 5,000 cfs by the end of May and 7,000 cfs by mid-June. The current release from Gray Reef Dam is approximately 2,500 cfs and is expected to increase to 5,000 cfs by the end of May and near 7,000 cfs by mid-June. As a comparison, the Gray Reef Dam releases from the most recent high water year in 2011 were about 8,000 cfs. <P> Glendo Reservoir has risen to approximately 4 feet into the exclusive flood control. The reservoir is expected to remain in the flood pool until late July in an effort to provide downstream flood protection in Wyoming and Nebraska. The Guernsey Reservoir release is currently 4,000 cfs and will soon increase to approximately 5,000 cfs. That outflow is projected through the month of May with an increase to 6,000 cfs by mid-June. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54427 Reclamation Releases Finding of No Significant Impact for Estes Parking Transit Facility Parking Structure
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a Town of Estes Park proposal to construct up to a three-level parking structure on Reclamation lands. <P> Reclamation will issue a Special Use Permit to allow the parking structure to be constructed south of the existing Estes Park Visitor Center/Transit Facility. In 2011, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the Town of Estes Park a $3,000,000 federal grant under the Paul S. Sabanes Transit in Parks Program. The grant provides funding for transit facility improvements and construction of a parking structure. FTA's final approval is still required before federal grant funds can be used to complete final designs and begin construction. <P> The project will expand the existing 102 stall surface parking lot by adding 108 new parking spaces in the parking structure. Another 202 new spaces could be accommodated on two future levels of the structure. Currently, the Town of Estes Park operates a free shuttle service to and from the Estes Park Visitor Center, with services to downtown Estes Park, Estes Park Events Complex and Park-n-Ride, Marys Lake Campground, East Portal Campground, and Rocky Mountain National Park's Fall River and Beaver Meadows Visitor Centers. <P> The EA and FONSI are electronically available at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/estes_park_transit.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/estes_park_transit.html</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Terence Stroh at 970-962-4369 or <a href="mailto:TStroh@usbr.gov">TStroh@usbr.gov</a>. For questions regarding the Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure, please contact Gregory Muhonen, Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3581 or <a href="mailto:Gmuhonen@estes.org">Gmuhonen@estes.org</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54408 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's April forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 620,000 acre-feet (af), which is 90 percent of the 30 year average of 686,300 af. Approximately 68,700 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April, leaving 551,300 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 700,000 af, which is 128 percent of the 30 year average of 548,300 af. Approximately 68,600 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April, leaving 631,400 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 140,000 af, which is 101 percent of the 30 year average of 138,200 af. Approximately 7,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April, leaving 130,900 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 380,000 af, which is 93 percent of the 30 year average of 405,900 af. Approximately 28,100 af of the forecasted amount was received during April, leaving 351,900 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,055,100 af, which is 95 percent of the 30 year average of 1,114,300 af. Approximately 122,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during May, leaving 933,100 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> </ul> <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54407 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecasts for North Platte
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., has prepared snowmelt runoff forecasts for the North Platte River Basin, according to Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. The May 1 forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff for the North Platte Basin will be above average. <P> Total April through July runoff in the North Platte Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 1,170,000 acre feet (AF), which is 134 percent of the 30 year average. 233,800 AF was received in April. The April through July expected runoff is comprised of approximately 850,000 AF into Seminoe Reservoir, 70,000 AF into Pathfinder Reservoir from the Sweetwater River, and 250,000 AF from the basin between Pathfinder Reservoir and Glendo Reservoir. <P> The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,800 AF. As of April 30, the total storage was 2,363,500 AF, which is 135 percent of the 30-year average. <P> "In anticipation of the high forecasted runoff, a release from Guernsey Reservoir above irrigation demand was initiated on April 28 to pass a portion of the inflow. Additional adjustments in releases throughout the system will continue as the season progresses," Ronca said. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54007 Reclamation Announces Availability of Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact on EA Dam Safety Corrective Actions at Box Butte Dam
MCCOOK, Neb. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for Box Butte Dam Safety of Dams Corrective Action. Reclamation prepared the Final EA to evaluate the environmental consequences of undertaking corrective actions at Box Butte Dam, located in Dawes County, in order to reduce the risk of dam failure to satisfactory levels. <P> Reclamation requested public review and comment on the Draft EA between January 15 and February 12, 2016. In response to comments, Reclamation provided clarifications and expanded discussion in sections 3.3.2 (Soils), 3.5.2 (Water Resources), 3.7.2 (Land Use and Vegetation), 3.9.2 (Fisheries), 3.10.2 (Recreation), and 3.11.2 (Economic and Social Factors) in the Final EA. Also, Reclamation identified Alternative 1 (Toe Drain Replacement) as the Preferred Alternative and provided additional details on required construction dewatering and reservoir drawdowns. <P> Based upon the analysis of environmental impacts, as described in the Final EA, Reclamation has also released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Notice for the Dam Safety Corrective Actions at Box Butte Dam. Reclamation has selected the Preferred Alternative (Toe Drain Replacement) for implementation. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2017. <P> To view the Final EA and FONSI, along with project updates and schedule information, please visit Reclamation's website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nkao/nepa/box_butte.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/nkao/nepa/box_butte.html</a>. Hard copies of the Final EA are available upon request at the contact information below. <P> Bureau of Reclamation<br> Attn: Lucas Milheiser<br> 1706 W. 3rd Street<br> McCook, NE 69001 <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53569 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's April forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <ul> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 620,000 acre-feet (af), which is 90 percent of the 30 year average of 686,300 af.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 550,000 af, which is 100 percent of the 30 year average of 548,300 af.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 135,000 af, which is 98 percent of the 30 year average of 138,200 af.</li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 380,000 af, which is 93 percent of the 30 year average of 409,500 af.</li> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 873,000 af, which is 78 percent of the 30 year average of 1,114,300 af.</li> </ul> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53570 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., has prepared snowmelt runoff forecasts for the North Platte River Basin, according to Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. The April 1 forecast indicates the spring snowmelt runoff for the North Platte Basin will be slightly above average. <P> "The snowmelt runoff forecast and system storage has improved since last month. We anticipate we will be able to provide our North Platte Basin contractors with a full water supply this year," Ronca said. <P> Total April through July runoff in the North Platte Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 890,000 acre feet (AF). The April through July expected runoff is comprised of approximately 680,000 AF into Seminoe Reservoir, 60,000 AF into Pathfinder Reservoir from the Sweetwater River, and 150,000 AF from the basin between Pathfinder Reservoir and Glendo Reservoir. The anticipated 890,000 AF is 102 percent of the 30 year average of 872,100 AF. <P> The total storage for the North Platte Reservoir System as of March 31, 2016 is 2,245,741 AF, which is 136 percent of the 30-year average of 1,651,100 AF. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,800 AF. <P> Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in May. <P>