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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte River Basin

The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, WY, has prepared the May snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin.


The May forecasts indicate the spring runoff will be above average.  Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 980,000 acre-feet (AF), of which approximately 205,500 AF was received in April. 


Current releases are 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir throught the Miracle Mile, 2,500 cfs out of Gray Reef, and 3,600 cfs out of Guernsey Reservoir. Based on the current projections, for the months of May, June and July, the releases out of Seminoe Reservoir are not expected to exceed 3,000 cfs, flows out of Gray Reef are expected to be in the range of approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cfs and releases from Guernsey will be in the 3,500 to 5,300 cfs range.  Pathfinder Reservoir is not expected to spill this spring.

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