Jackson Lake Dam Operations Information Meeting

Media Contact: Annette Ross, 208) 378-5322, aross@usbr.gov

For Release: May 05, 2017

HEYBURN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will host a meeting to present streamflow forecasts and projected reservoir operations for Jackson Lake Dam and other Snake River reservoirs on May 18. The meeting will be held at the Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson, Wyoming, at 5:30 p.m.

The Snake River at Heise forecast is 151 percent of average, and the current storage in Jackson Lake is at 55 percent of capacity. The lake is expected to fill in June, with moderate demand for storage releases over the summer.

With the current snowpack, there may be a potential for flooding downstream of Jackson Lake Dam due to possible significant inflows from tributaries. These tributaries also may experience high flows and flood flows. Caution is advised in these areas during the snowmelt season. Flood operations are determined by a forecast coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation for the Snake River above Heise, Idaho.

The meeting facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Darrin Fredrickson at (208) 678-0461, ext. 17, TTY 711, to request sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or other auxiliary aids.

Current river and reservoir data are available at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/.

For more information about other Reclamation programs, please visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html.

Jackson Lake Dam is located on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park near Moran, Wyoming. The dam is part of the Minidoka Project and was originally constructed in 1911. Parts of the dam were later replaced in 1989 under the authority of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Act.

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Relevant Link:

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

http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html