Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Great Plains Region https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67023 Reclamation reduces duration of Guernsey silt run
MILLS, Wyoming--The Bureau of Reclamation will be refilling Guernsey Reservoir a week sooner than originally planned, following the annual silt run. Boaters, recreationists and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> The silt run is an operation that provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation. <P> The silt run began on July 12 and was originally expected to continue through July 25. The irrigation districts requested the silt run be terminated early this year, prompting the change in schedule. <P> Beginning on the late morning of July 18, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for boating again by the morning of July 20. However, the reservoir will continue to rise by approximately 6 feet per day and is expected to reach the normal reservoir operation level by the evening of Monday, July 22. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66883 Reclamation lowers Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for annual silt run
MILLS, Wyoming-- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for the annual silt run. <P> “The silt run is an operation which provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation,” said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> On the morning of July 7, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be decreased from approximately 4,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of approximately 1,500 cfs. The decreased flow will cause a rapid decline of the Guernsey Reservoir level of approximately 25 feet starting the morning of July 8 and continuing through July 11. By Thursday, July 11, the boat ramps at Guernsey Reservoir will no longer be useable due to the low reservoir level. <P> Water being released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. The silt run will begin on July 12 and is anticipated to continue through July 25. Beginning on the evening of July 25, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for boating again by the morning of July 27. However, the reservoir will continue to rise by approximately 6 feet per day and is expected to reach the normal reservoir operation level by the evening of Tuesday, July 30. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66543 Reclamation to host open house meeting for Grand River Water Users
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Bureau of Reclamation will be hosting an open house meeting on Wednesday, June 26, at the Dakota Lodge from 9:00-11:00 a.m. MDT. The meeting will be held at 5 10th Street East, Lemmon, SD. <P> The public is invited to the open house to visit with staff regarding a scheduled change in water releases from Shadehill Dam to allow for maintenance work. <P> “Reclamation will be performing a cleaning and recoating of the radial gate used to make water releases from Shadehill Dam through the outlet works,” said Dakotas Area Office Manager, Arden Freitag. “Work will be performed throughout the month of September including the construction and removal of a coating containment within the gate shaft to perform the work.” <P> Water releases from Shadehill Dam are scheduled to be cut during the entire month of September to facilitate the work. Cutting water releases is expected to impact the flows in the Grand River downstream of Shadehill. <P> For more information or accessibility requests, please contact George Finnegan at 605-519-5418. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66623 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Montana – Reclamation's June forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,517,600 acre-feet (af), which is 124% of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. Approximately 540,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 114% of the April and May average.</li> <li>>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 850,000 af, which is 116% of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. Approximately 213,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 91% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 775,000 af, which is 128% of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. Approximately 209,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 112% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 165,000 af, which is 115% of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. Approximately 27,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 81% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 450,000 af, which is 103% of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. Approximately 103,600 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 86% of the April and May average.</li> </ul> <P> 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. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66463 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Montana – Reclamation's June forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,517,600 acre-feet (af), which is 124% of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. Approximately 540,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 114% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 850,000 af, which is 116% of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. Approximately 213,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 91% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 775,000 af, which is 128% of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. Approximately 209,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 112% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 165,000 af, which is 115% of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. Approximately 27,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 81% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 450,000 af, which is 103% of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. Approximately 103,600 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 86% of the April and May average.</li> </ul> <P> 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 <P> Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66223 Reclamation provides update on Willow Creek Dam operations
BILLINGS, Montana – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Willow Creek Dam near Augusta, Montana, is experiencing high inflows as a result of heavy rain in the upper Sun River Basin. The current reservoir elevation is about 2 feet above the normal full level and is expected to reach the elevation of the uncontrolled spillway the morning of May 28, 2019. Inflows into Willow Creek Reservoir are currently averaging up to 1,800 cubic feet-per-second. <P> As the reservoir continues to rise, releases will slowly increase to match inflows as more water is passed through the spillway. Reclamation stresses that there are no concerns with the safety of Willow Creek Dam and is working closely with local and county officials and the Greenfields Irrigation District, which operates and maintains the dam, to communicate the operations at Willow Creek Reservoir and impacts to the Sun River. <P> A shallow, superficial earthen slide, visible on the downstream face of the dam, poses no danger to the dam. This slide occurred because of topsoil on the downstream face being very saturated from the rains. Steve Davies, Montana Area Office Manager, stated, “We are working cooperatively and jointly with the Greenfields Irrigation District to closely monitor conditions onsite at the dam and are ready to respond should we start to see a sudden increase in the amount of inflows through more rain or snow driven runoff in the higher elevations.” <P> Local residents should be aware that operation of the uncontrolled spillway is expected to cause the closure of Warden Road north of Augusta as it is directly downstream of the spillway. Please contact your local County Disaster and Emergency Services Office for additional updates related to road closures and impacts from area flooding. <P> For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7300. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66163 Reclamation announces water levels at Montana reservoirs
BILLINGS, Montana —The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that water levels at most Reclamation-managed reservoirs east of the continental divide in Montana are at or above average for this time of year. <P> “Most boat ramps will be usable at all Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend,” said Montana Area Manager, Steve Davies. “As always, we strongly encourage water-based recreationists to check for the most up-to-date water level conditions at Reclamation’s website <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html</a> before heading to your favorite reservoir,” said Davies. <P> Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include: <P> <ul><li><b>Clark Canyon Reservoir</b> – Inflows to the reservoir are slightly below average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 1.5 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Clark Canyon Reservoir. Releases to the Beaverhead River are being maintained at about 400 cubic feet per second (cfs).</li> <P> <li><b>Canyon Ferry Reservoir</b> – Inflows to Canyon Ferry are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 9 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and releases to the Missouri River are being maintained near 6,500 cfs.</li> <P> Due to Canyon Ferry Reservoir being suspect for aquatic invasive mussel larvae, only Yacht Basin, Kim’s Marina, Shannon, Goose Bay, Silos and Hellgate boat ramps are open to all boaters. All other ramps at the reservoir are only open to certified local boaters. The ramps open to all boaters either have a decontamination station assigned to them or are near in proximity. Decontamination stations are located at Reclamation’s Visitor Center on the north end of the reservoir, at the Silos boat ramp on the south end, and at Hellgate and Goose Bay, both on the east side of the reservoir. All watercraft leaving Canyon Ferry will be required to go through a decontamination station unless they are registered as a certified local boater. Certified local boaters traveling to another waterbody will also need to go through the decontamination station. More can be found at: <a href="http://cleandraindry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections">cleananddry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections</a>. <P> <li><b>Gibson Reservoir</b> – Inflows and reservoir level at Gibson Reservoir are near average for this time of year. The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is currently usable.</li> <P> <li><b>Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir)</b> – Inflows to Tiber Reservoir are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 2 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Marias River are currently being maintained near 1,500 cfs.</li> <P> Due to Tiber Reservoir testing positive for aquatic invasive mussel larvae in 2016, only three boat ramps remain open to all watercrafts, Tiber Marina, VFW Campground and a new site at Willow Creek. All other ramps at the reservoir are only open to certified local boaters. All watercraft leaving Tiber Reservoir will be required to go through a decontamination station unless they are part of the certified local boater program. Certified local boaters traveling to another waterbody will also need to go through the decontamination station. More information can be found at: <a href="http://cleandraindry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections">cleananddry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections</a>. <li><b>Fresno Reservoir</b> – Inflows to Fresno Reservoir are below average for this time of year. The reservoir level is full, at the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Milk River are currently near 550 cfs. All boat ramps at Fresno are currently usable.</li> <P> <li><b>Nelson Reservoir</b> – Nelson Reservoir is full which is above average for this time of year. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Nelson Reservoir.</li> <P> <li><b>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Dam)</b> – The reservoir level is about 23 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and rising. Releases to the Bighorn River are being maintained above average, near 3,500 cfs. Boaters will be able to launch at OK-A-BEH and Barry’s Landing. Please check with the National Park Service for boat launching capabilities at Horseshoe Bend. For more information regarding recreation activities and boat launching at Bighorn Lake, recreationists are encouraged to contact the National Park Service at 406-666-3218.</li></ul> <P> Each year hundreds of lives are lost... thousands are injured... and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. Too often recreation outings turn tragic. You — as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual — can make a difference. For more information visit <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66123 Reclamation reminds public on rules for camping and recreating on public lands
BILLINGS, Montana – With the 2019 recreation season upon us, the Bureau of Reclamation would like to remind the public recreating on public lands administered by Reclamation, of rules for camping and boating at Tiber, Fresno, and Nelson Reservoirs. Reclamation asks the public to minimize impacts to natural resources and allow fellow visitors the same recreation experience by following these basic rules. <P> Most federally administered lands enforce a 14-day stay limit within a 30-day period for any camping. <P> Visitors to Reclamation lands must ensure that picnic and camp sites are free of trash and litter and be respectful of future visitors to the area by keeping a clean camp site <P> Visitors are also required to fully extinguish camp fires using a shovel and enough water to ensure all burning fuels are completely out. Check with your local land management office for existing fire restrictions before your camping trip. <P> Reclamation does not currently have any campgrounds that can be reserved within lands encompassing Tiber, Fresno, or Nelson Reservoirs. All campsites are on a first come, first served basis. Visitors may not attempt to reserve a campsite by leaving personal property at the site for any duration. Reclamation considers personal property left for more than a 24-hour period to be abandoned and can be removed or impounded. <P> Boaters coming to Tiber, Fresno, and Nelson Reservoirs are also reminded to prevent the infestation of aquatic invasive species (Quagga and Zebra mussels) by following the Clean, Drain, Dry guidelines before and after putting motorized and non-motorized watercraft to use. <P> Reclamation managers encourage the visiting public to enjoy their public lands and provide future visitors with the same quality outdoor experience. <P> For further questions regarding camping or recreating on Tiber, Fresno, and Nelson Reservoirs, please contact the Marias/Milk Rivers Division field office at (406) 759-7055, or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/">https://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65984 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast and expected operations for North Platte River Basin
MILLS, Wyoming - The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyoming, has prepared the May snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin. <P> “Based on this month’s projection of above average runoff, we expect the North Platte Basin water contractors will have a full water supply this year," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> The May forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be above average. Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 1,004,000 acre-feet (af) which is 111% of the 30-year average. Approximately 228,500 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 151% of the April average. <P> As of April 30, storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs amounts to 1,822,745 af, which is 110% of the 30-year average. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2.8 million af. <P> Current releases are 2,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs out of Gray Reef Reservoir, and 930 cfs out of Guernsey Reservoir. Based on current projections for the months of May, June, and July, the releases out of Seminoe Reservoir are not expected to exceed 3,000 cfs, while flows out of Gray Reef are expected to be in the range of approximately 500 to 2,500 cfs. Releases from Guernsey will be in the 2,900 to 5,200 cfs range. Pathfinder Reservoir is not expected to spill this spring. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65964 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Montana – Reclamation's May forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,037,100 acre-feet (af), which is 85% of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. Approximately 185,500 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 109% of the April average.</li> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 770,000 af, which is 105% of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. Approximately 56,200 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 120% of the April average.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 575,000 af, which is 95% of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. Approximately 65,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 132% of the April average.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 140,000 af, which is 98% of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. Approximately 6,400 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 153% of the April average.</li> <li>Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 435,000 af, which is 100% of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. Approximately 32,900 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 132% of the April average.</li> </ul> <P> 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. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65947 Reclamation to host open house meeting for Belle Fourche Reservoir Resource Management Plan
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Bureau of Reclamation and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) will be hosting an open house meeting on Wednesday, May 29, at the Belle Fourche Community Hall from 5:00-8:00 p.m. MDT. The meeting will be held at 512 6th Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD. <P> The public is invited to the open house to visit with staff, provide comments, view maps, provide input on options, and help name roads around the Belle Fourche Reservoir. Reclamation, in cooperation with GFP, is working on the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Reservoir. The RMP will be the blueprint for future management and development at Belle Fourche Reservoir. <P> For more information or accessibility requests, please contact Jay Leasure at 605-519-5504. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65588 Reclamation Seeks Public Input on Request for 20-Year Permit for Private Club at Horsetooth Reservoir
LOVELAND, Colorado -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Eastern Colorado Area Office (ECAO) is seeking public input on a request by the private Sail and Saddle Club for an up to 20-year special use permit to allow its operations to continue on federal land at Horsetooth Reservoir. Pertinent information regarding the special use permit can be found at url: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/</a> under "Current News & Upcoming Events." <P> To fully evaluate this permit request, ECAO has scheduled two public input events as follows: <P> Monday, April 15th 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO<br /> Tuesday, April 16th 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson Street, Ft Collins, CO <P> During each session, ECAO will describe the location specified in the permit; its current usage; and seek public input as to whether issuing a long-term lease to the Sail and Saddle Club is compatible with public needs at Horsetooth Reservoir. Other criteria for review include compatibility with authorized project purposes, project operations, safety, and security; environmental compliance; public health and safety; and current financial obligations to Reclamation. The first hour of each session will be an Open House where the public can review presentation materials, talk to ECAO staff, and submit written comments or sign up to speak during the meeting. The second hour of each session is a public meeting with a short presentation, question and answer forum, followed by an opportunity for oral comments from the public. <P> Citizens will also be afforded the opportunity to provide written comments from April 3, 2019, through the end of business on May 17, 2019. Written comments may be submitted via: <P> Email: <a href="mailto:ECAO@usbr.gov">ECAO@usbr.gov</a><br /> Regular mail: ECAO Office - Horsetooth Recreation Permit<br /> 11056 W. County Road 18 E, Loveland, CO 80537<br /> Fax: (970) 662-3212 <P> Following the public comment period, ECAO will evaluate public input, decide if issuing a long-term permit to the private club is compatible with public recreation at Horsetooth Reservoir, and potentially prepare an environmental assessment to evaluate the human and environmental impacts of the proposed action. <P> The Resource Management Plan (RMP) between the recreation manager of Horsetooth Reservoir, Larimer County Natural Resources, and the land owner, Reclamation can be found at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/larimer_county_appen_abc.pdf">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/larimer_county_appen_abc.pdf</a>. This RMP guides recreation development as well as the management of natural and cultural resources. <P> <strong>More about the Colorado-Big Thompson Project:</strong> <P> Reclamation owns and operates nearly 7,000 acres of land and water at the four reservoirs: Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir and Flatiron Reservoir. Under the terms of an agreement with Reclamation, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources manages recreational activities and maintains recreation facilities at these four reservoirs. The four reservoirs are part of the Colorado-Big Thompson water project. Water stored in these reservoirs is distributed by Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and other uses. <P> For general information about ECAO, please contact James Bishop at 970-461-5426 or at <a href="mailto:jbishop@usbr.gov">jbishop@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65564 Public meeting on North Platte water operations canceled due to weather
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation has cancelled the North Platte River Water Information Meeting which was scheduled for April 11 in Torrington, Wyoming, due to weather concerns. <P> The meeting will not be rescheduled, however, the presentation on reservoir storage and current water supply conditions, snowmelt runoff and expected reservoir operations for water year 2019 will be available on-line after April 11 by accessing the following link: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/wyao/north_platte_water_operations.pdf">www.usbr.gov/gp/wyao/north_platte_water_operations.pdf</a>. <P> For additional information contact Shane Hayden at (307) 261-5647 or <a href="mailto:shayden@usbr.gov">shayden@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65563 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast and expected operations for North Platte River Basin
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyoming, has prepared the March snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin. <P> "Based on this month's projection of above average runoff, we expect the North Platte Basin water contractors will have a full water supply this year," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> The April forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be above average. Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 1,005,000 acre-feet (af) which is 111% of the 30-year average. <P> As of March 31, storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs amounts to 1,822,745 af, which is 110% of the 30-year average. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2.8 million af. <P> Current releases are 1800 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs out of Gray Reef Reservoir, and 0 cfs out of Guernsey Reservoir. Based on current projections for the months of April, May, June, and July, the releases out of Seminoe Reservoir are not expected to exceed 3,000 cfs, while flows out of Gray Reef are expected to be in the range of approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cfs. Releases from Guernsey will be in the 3,500 to 5,300 cfs range. Pathfinder Reservoir is not expected to spill this spring. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65545 Reclamation announces public meeting to discuss Buffalo Bill Reservoir water operations
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a Buffalo Bill Reservoir Water Information Meeting in Powell, Wyoming. <P> The meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Eagles Lodge at 131 N. Clark Street, Powell, Wyoming. Topics of discussion will be current water supply conditions, the 2019 snowmelt runoff forecast, and 2019 projected reservoir operations. <P> For more information, please contact Shane Hayden, at 307-261-5647, or <a href="mailto:shayden@usbr.gov">shayden@usbr.gov</a>. <P>