Reclamation has indicated that irrigation demands are starting to scale back for the season. To continue evacuating storage in Bighorn Lake and hit Reclamation’s end-of-October target lake elevation of 3,640 (full pool), the following changes in river releases will be made:On Tuesday, September 13 at 4pm, river releases will be reduced from 4,000cfs to 3,800cfs.On Thursday, September 15 at 4pm, river releases will be reduced from 3,800cfs to 3,500cfs.It is important to note that at this time, the current operating plan based on the most probably inflow forecast indicates that the end-of-March 2012 target lake elevation is 3,620.75ft. We will be monitoring the end-of-March targets closely for WY2012.
As the algae continues to wreak havoc up and down the river, Reclamation dropped river releases to 4,000cfs this morning at 1130. At this time, there are no other decreases planned for the immediate future.