Reclamation announces 2018 schedule for release into Trinity River as part of restoration program

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: April 16, 2018

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Lewiston Dam releases into the Trinity River will increase Tuesday, April 17, and will reach approximately 1,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Sunday, May 13, and remain at peak flow for one day. Four sub-peaks are scheduled at discharges of 1,390 cfs on Wednesday, April 18; 1,400 cfs on Sunday, April 29; 1,600 cfs on Saturday, May 5; and, 1,620 cfs on Friday, May 25.

People residing near the river or recreating on the river can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions. Landowners are advised to clear personal items from the floodplain prior to the releases.

The releases will start ramping down May 26 until the summer base flow of 450 cfs is reached June 30. The releases for this “critically dry” 2018 water year will result in an annual total volume of 369,000 acre-feet.

The December 2000 Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Record of Decision created a plan for the restoration of the Trinity River and its fish and wildlife populations. More information on the Trinity River Restoration Program can be found at www.trrp.net/.

A daily schedule of flow releases is available at www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/, and the public may subscribe to automated notifications (via phone or email) of Trinity River release changes. The flow release schedule is posted at the Trinity River Restoration Program office, located at 1313 South Main Street, Weaverville.

For additional information, please contact Kevin Held at 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339) or kheld@usbr.gov or visit www.trrp.net.

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