ADVISORY: Reclamation to Hold News Conference on Reservoir Operations Ahead of High Spring Runoff

Media Contact: Marlon Duke, 801-524-3774, 03/23/2017 13:24
Wayne Pullan, 801-379-1100, wpullan@usbr.gov

For Release: March 23, 2017

PROVO, UTAH – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a news conference on Monday. March 27, 2017 to discuss forecasts for high spring runoff and associated current and anticipated reservoir operations.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m. MDT (check in will begin at 10:00 a.m.)

Place: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Provo Area Office, 302 East 1860 South, Provo, Utah

Reporters and news organizations wishing to attend should RSVP to mduke@usbr.gov.

River basins in Utah are experiencing significant winter precipitation and current water supply forecasts indicate runoff will be higher than normal. Those forecasts create complex reservoir operation challenges to safely capture and release high flows while protecting at-risk downstream populations, particularly for the many dams along or near the Wasatch Front. Reclamation and its partner operators are already releasing higher-than-normal flows from several dams in order to create extra reservoir space for projected spring inflows. Those release flows will likely increase into and through the runoff season.

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