Reclamation Increasing Releases into Sacramento River for Storage Management

Up to 36,000 cubic feet per second by 1 p.m. Monday

Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100, wmoore@usbr.gov

For Release: February 06, 2017

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is scheduled to incrementally increase releases below Keswick Dam from 26,000 cubic feet per second to 36,000 cfs by 1 p.m. Feb. 6. The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. Depending on current conditions and inflow levels, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice.

Shasta Reservoir, located 10 miles north of Redding, provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, and environmental and salinity-control requirements in the Bay-Delta.

People recreating in or along the Sacramento River downstream of Keswick Dam can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions.

Midnight reservoir elevation and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf. Current Sacramento River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/upsacto1Stages.html.

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