On Monday, November 25, at 4pm, river releases will increase from 2,330cfs to 2,400cfs. Reclamation has indicated this increase is necessary to evacuate storage from the exclusive flood pool.
We are awaiting word that 2,400cfs will be the new winter release until spring.
Update: Reclamation has indicated this increase in releases is temporary, and will most likely revert to 2,330cfs when the flood pool has been evacuated. FOBR will continue to work to achieve at least minimum flows for the winter.
Citing record low fall and winter releases from upstream reservoirs and despite Bighorn Lake elevations in the exclusive flood pool, Reclamation has set winter releases for the Bighorn River to 2,330 cfs. Typically those releases are maintained until early spring barring any unusual weather events.
The winter release represents just a 30 cfs increase from the current release to 2,300cfs.