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Reservoir Drafts Begin

Jackson Lake Dam

Water supplies in the reservoir system along the upper Snake River are being drawn down now, almost imperceptibly at local reservoirs.  Storage at Jackson Lake, which had been at 100% capacity as recent as last week is now at 98% and other nearby reservoirs have seen their storage dropped to the lower 90-percentile.  The most significant draw has lowered the level of American Falls Reservoir in Idaho to 46% of its capacity helping lead to a system-wide storage of 75%.  As the hot, dry weather continues, we can expect to see continued releases of water from Grassy Lake, Jackson Lake and Palisades Reservoir as irrigation demand increases downstream.

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