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Upper Snake Flows Increase May 11 to Benefit Salmon and Steelhead

Media Contact: Michael Williamson, (208) 378-5212, mwilliamson@usbr.gov
Michael Beus, (208) 678-0461, mbeus@usbr.gov

For Release: May 04, 2015

HEYBURN, Idaho – Snake River flow below Milner Dam will gradually increase from no flow to 2,000 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 11. This flow is expected to be maintained through early June. The purpose of the flow increase is to provide additional water for salmon migration in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers in accordance with NOAA Fisheries 2008 Upper Snake Biological Opinion, under the Endangered Species Act.

The flow will continue down the river below Milner Dam and pass over Shoshone Falls, near Twin Falls, Idaho. The public is asked to use caution when recreating on or near the river as the water will be cold and fast.

Current river and reservoir data are available at: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/. For more information about Reclamation programs, visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/.

The dams operated by Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office are located on the Snake River and its tributaries upstream of Milner, Idaho. Palisades Dam is about 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho; American Falls Dam is near American Falls, Idaho; and Minidoka Dam is about 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho.

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Relevant Link:

http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/

http://www.usbr.gov/pn/