Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin

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

For Release: January 10, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. -- 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 at 810,100 acre-feet (af), which is 66 percent of the 30 year average of 1,221,100 af.

• Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 650,000 af, which is 88 percent of the 30 year average of 734,600 af.

• Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 400,000 af, which is 66 percent of the 30 year average of 603,300 af.

• Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 110,000 af, which is 77 percent of the 30 year average of 143,200 af.

• Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 350,000 af, which is 80 percent of the 30 year average of 435,000 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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