Home » Grand Teton National Park »Jackson Hole »Lincoln County »State of Idaho »State of Wyoming »Swan Valley »Teton County » Currently Reading:

Greater Water Draw-down Predicted

Jackson Lake Dam

The forecast runoff for the Snake River in Wyoming is below normal, and close to the 2012 condition.  Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Minidoka Project says the storage in downstream reservoirs is significantly less than last year which may result in a much greater draw on Jackson Lake through the summer season ahead. Bues says the Bureau wants to plan as carefully as possible and only move water out of Jackson Lake that is necessary to fulfill the downstream needs.  However, he points out that with Palisades and American Falls Reservoirs being drafted heavily by a long, hot summer last year, it is pretty certain that more will be required to be removed from Jackson Lake than last year – but he quickly adds “we don’t want to go any lower than we have to.” As of last week, Jackson Lake was 77 percent filled compared with 86 percent at this time in 2012, and Beus says Palisades Reservoir is only 46 percent full, and was at 71 percent of capacity this time last year. Bues points out that it would take some pretty dramatic weather to get close to filling Palisades now. He says until spring run-off is at its end, Jackson will not be topped off for the sale of potential flood control At the same time, Beus says the snowmelt has been slower this year than it was in 2012 and the irrigation season in Southern Idaho is beginning more slowly as well so draw-down should begin later too.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Windy In Eastern Wyoming, Otherwise, Pleasant Halloween Weather - October 31, 2014
    A ridge of high pressure will slowly move east today.  This will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry across much of the state today.  Winds, however, will be strong and gusty across eastern Wyoming with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.  Temperatures across western Wyoming will stay very mild and above […]
  • Goose hunters will always have a Halloween costume - October 31, 2014
    Thank goodness for non-hunting spouses. If it weren’t for our better halves, most of us who hunt would be completely unprepared for fall holidays. Halloween is certainly one of the days that would be far less exciting if there weren’t people in our households who think about other things besides late-season deer, ducks, geese, pheasants […]
  • Cool With Mainly Quiet Weather Conditions Today - October 30, 2014
    Weather concerns across the state will be very minimal today.  Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and light to breezy winds.  Temperatures will be a touch cooler today due to a weak cool front that will be brushing by northern and eastern parts of the state.  Daytime highs will be in […]
  • Be ready for bumps, scrapes, cuts and more - October 30, 2014
    Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea. However, if you carry everything you might need for any emergency, you won’t have room for your tent or sleeping bag. A first aid kit needs to be light and compact, or it’ll be one of the first things you toss out of the pack […]

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin