Citing the postponement of irrigation due to recent precipitation, Reclamation will increase releases to the river by 100cfs this afternoon at 4pm. This will bring the total river releases to 2,600cfs.
This time of year is crucial to a robust rainbow spawn. Please reports sightings of rainbows on redds to help biologists better evaluate the impact of rising releases on the spawners.
The April through July inflow forecast indicates Reclamation needs to increase releases to make storage available. At 4pm on Thursday, releases will increase 250cfs, from 2,250cfs to 2,500cfs.
2,500cfs is the minimum flows required to sustain a healthy fishery.
Citing a turn for the better with regards to precipitation and snowpack, Reclamation will increase river releases 250cfs. Look for the increase to occur at 4pm on Thursday.
This small increase will bring releases up to 2,250cfs, up from 2,000cfs. Minimum releases to wet all important side channel habitat is 2,500cfs.
The current lake elevation is just shy of 3,620ft. which is nearly 12 feet higher than historical averages.