August 23, 2012
River Flow May Decline Below Hells Canyon Dam
Snake River Flows May Decline Below Hells Canyon Dam
BOISE, Idaho, August 23, 2012 – Potential reductions to Snake River flows below Hells Canyon Dam could impact anglers, boaters and other river users over the next two weeks, Idaho Power announced Thursday.
Public boat ramps are expected to be available within Brownlee Reservoir through the Labor Day weekend. However, to keep the ramps available, Idaho Power may have to begin passing inflows through the Hells Canyon Complex. As of Thursday, Brownlee’s elevation was 2,057 feet above sea level – 20 feet below full, but high enough to ensure all the public boat ramps are usable, with the exception of Holcomb Park.
Brownlee inflows are expected to decrease over the next two weeks due to a critically dry summer with little to no precipitation throughout the state and the completion of fish augmentation releases from the Upper Snake, Payette, and Boise basins. In addition, flows from the Salmon River have been and continue to steadily decline. Both factors will be watched closely over the next two weeks.
For up-to-date information on Brownlee inflows and water elevation, as well as current information on downstream flows, please visit Idaho Power’s website at:
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