Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin

Media Contact: Tyler Johnson, (406) 247-7609, 01/09/2018 00:00

For Release: January 09, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Bureau of Reclamation's January forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows:

• Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,668,700 acre-feet (af), which is 143 percent of the 30 year average of 1,165,700 af.

• Buffalo Bill Reservoir - April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast to be approximately 950,000 af, which is 135 percent of the 30 year average of 704,400 af.

• Boysen Reservoir - April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast to be approximately 900,000 af, which is 156 percent of the 30 year average of 577,700 af.

• Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July inflow to Bull Lake Reservoir is forecast to be approximately 180,000 af, which is 135 percent of the 30 year average of 140,400 af.

• Wind River - April through July discharge from the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is forecast to be 650,000 af, which is 160 percent of the 30 year average of 406,900 af.

For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Wind River, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298.

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