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Summer operations nearing an end at Reclamation dams on the Payette River

Media Contact: Christine Schuldheisz, 208-378-5212,

For Release: August 27, 2020

BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin reducing flows below Deadwood Dam from approximately 1,000 cubic feet per second to the winter flow of 50 cfs starting the evening of Sunday, August 30, 2020. This will cause flows in the South Fork Payette River to decrease from approximately 1,500 cfs to approximately 500 cfs.

Flow changes below Cascade Dam should also be expected over the coming weeks as downstream irrigation demands change. Flows are anticipated to support recreational floating on the North Fork and Main Payette rivers at least through Labor Day.

River recreationalists are encouraged to keep alert and informed of changing river conditions by visiting for real-time Payette River flows.

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