June 12, 2012
Water Releases Will Increase Mid-Snake Flows
BOISE, Idaho – Boaters, anglers and waterfall watchers take note: More water is coming to the Mid-Snake River as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation releases water from its dams upstream to help flush salmon to the Pacific Ocean.
The annual fish augmentation flows start this week. Releases below Milner reservoir will ramp up by 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) each day through Wednesday, with an additional 1,000 cfs being added June 16 and 17 until the total additional flow reaches 4,000 cfs.
In some parts of the Snake River, the effect will be dramatic. For example, the flow above Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls was recently pegged around 400 cfs. By the middle of next week, it is expected to reach 4,400 cfs, which is great news for sightseers visiting the Snake River’s most scenic cataract.
The stretch of the Snake River immediately below Milner Dam had been virtually dry, with the river regaining its flow downstream as a result of springs and agricultural runoff. The water being released from federal reservoirs at Jackson Lake and Palisades will flow below Milner as it makes its way down the length of the Snake, into the Columbia River and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.
These are the first in a series of carefully timed releases overseen by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association to keep water levels high enough to allow salmon to complete their migration to the ocean.
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