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Jackson Lake Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that starting yesterday, it has reduced flows from Palisades Reservoir from 1200 cubic feet per second to 900 cfs.  Outflows will be restored to 1200 cfs Saturday.  Reclamation’s decision to decrease flows is based on the February forecast which predicts spring runoff in the Upper Snake River basin will be 92 percent of average, which is a slight decrease from the January forecast.  Reclamation’s analysis shows an increasing chance that continued winter releases of 1200 cfs may limit Reclamation’s power generation capability at Palisades Dam in the middle to latter part of the summer irrigation season if the runoff outlook continues to deteriorate. The Bureau of Reclamation’s assistant area manager Roland Springer says Jackson Lake, meanwhile will likely fill to only about 81% of its capacity this summer because of the lower run-off.  He says after studying the storage patterns of the past several years and the current predictions, it was determined it will receive about 688-thousand acre-feet of water.  It has a capacity of 847-thousand acre-feet.  Last summer it was filled to 97% of its capacity.

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