Fall/Winter plan

Dear Friends of the Bighorn River: Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced its fall/winter operating plan for the river this afternoon. You can view the complete plan at: http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/yellowtail/yt_oct07_most_probable.pdf In short, BOR plans to increase flows from 1,750cfs to 1,900cfs in November, and maintain these flows through June (or at least the spring BOR meeting). While Friends of the Bighorn River is delighted with any increase in flows AT THIS POINT, we’re still extremely disappointed that the requested flows of 2,000cfs couldn’t have been provided. Good, solid science shows us that flows of 2,000cfs will wet only some of the side-channels adequately, while providing limited spawning and rearing habitat. With flows of 1,900cfs, we can only pray the browns can pull off a decent spawn. Nonetheless, our neighbors south of the border continue to call for decreased flows, so FOBR will continue to fight for our world renowned, blue ribbon fishery. Thanks again to all of you who provided comments and feedback to BOR.