Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte River Basin

Media Contact: Mahonri Williams, 307-261-5624, mlwilliams@usbr.gov

For Release: February 09, 2018

MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., has prepared the February snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin.

The February forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be below average. Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 735,000 acre-feet (af), which is 81 percent of the 30-year average.

As of January 31, 2018, storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs amounts to 2,085,600 af, which is 135 percent of the 30-year average. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,900 af.

Current releases are 530 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs from Gray Reef Reservoir, and 0 cfs from Guernsey Reservoir.

Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in March, April, and May.

For additional information on the North Platte Basin snowmelt forecast, contact the Wyoming Area Office at 307-261-5671.

# # #

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at https://www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR.

Relevant Link:

Wyoming Area Office Home Page