Flaming Gorge Reservoir to see an increase in the amount of water released

To help with drought conditions and storage issues at Lake Powell, the Bureau of Reclamation will increase releases from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir starting today.

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to gradually increase releases from the Flaming Gorge Dam in response to the catchment-wide drought and storage problems at Lake Powell, said a
Press release from the Complaints Office.

The Flaming Gorge operational plan is currently being updated and releases will be made within the flexibilities of the Flaming Gorge 2006 resolution. Reclamation continues to work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the release and management of endangered fish.

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Starting July 15, daily average releases from the Flaming Gorge Dam are expected to increase from 860 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1,310 cfs in increments of 50 cfs per day. Average daily release of 1,310 cfs is slated to begin on July 23rd.

On July 14th, the pool height of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is 6,023.31 feet, which is 83 percent of live storage capacity, according to the Bureau of Rec. Unregulated influx for June is approximately 149,000 acre-feet (af), which is 38 percent of the average unregulated influx volume in June.

The final July forecast for unregulated inflows into the Flaming Gorge for the next three months projects below average conditions, the press release said. The forecast unregulated inflows for July, August and September amount to 35,000 af (17 percent of the average), 25,000 af (28 percent of the average) and 25,000 af (45 percent of the average), respectively.

The July water supply forecast for the April through July unregulated inflow volume into the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is 350,000 acre-feet (36% of the average).

To view the current altitude, content, inflow, and release of the reservoir, click: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Data.

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