Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin

Media Contact: Tyler Johnson, (406) 247-7609, tjohnson@usbr.gov

For Release: February 13, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's March 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 at 1,771,200 acre-feet (af), which is 152 percent of the 30 year average of 1,165,700 af.

• Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 1,000,000 af, which is 142 percent of the 30 year average of 704,400 af.

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

• Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 170,000 af, which is 121 percent of the 30 year average of 140,400 af.

• Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 600,000 af, which is 144 percent of the 30 year average of 416,300 af.

For additional information on Buffalo Bill, 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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