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Area Reservoirs To Fill This Year

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(Burley, ID) The Bureau of Reclamation office in Burley, Idaho this week has been able to provide some positive news about the prospects this summer for the reservoirs making up the Minidoka Project.  Spokesman Mike Beus says with the amounts of snow being measured in the Natural Resource Conservation Service measuring sites, it now appears Jackson Lake and the reservoirs downstream will be able to be restored to their capacities this spring.  He says the percentage is about 122 percent of the 30-year average run-off from April through July this year. Beus says the new forecast is welcome news, but he adds it could have a down side for river floaters along the Snake.  He says that down-side is that there could be less irrigation delivery from Jackson Lake through the canyon down past Palisades this year. Overall, Beus says the amount of precipitation the area receives in the next couple months will determine whether American Falls Reservoir may be able to carry the entire irrigation demands while leaving Palisades and Jackson Lake at their average content through the summer.   The final operations plan will be discussed at public meetings, including one in Jackson, in May.

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