Reclamation Urges Caution During Fluctuation of River Flow Downstream of Boysen Dam

Media Contact: Mahonri Williams, (307) 261-5624,

For Release: May 11, 2017

MILLS, Wyo. -- At the request of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily decrease the releases from Boysen Dam. The temporary decrease in flows will occur May 14-18.

The decrease in flow below Boysen Dam will allow the Wyoming Department of Transportation to stabilize an embankment associated with Highway 20/789 in the Wind River Canyon.

Beginning May 14 at 10:00 AM, Boysen Dam releases will be decreased by increments of approximately 500 cubic feet per second (cfs), occurring every four hours, to achieve flows of approximately 3,000 cfs the morning of May 15. On May 18, or upon completion of the project, the releases from Boysen Dam will be incrementally increased to approximately 6,500 cfs.

The public is urged to use extreme caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Boysen Dam.

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