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Posted on: May 13, 2019

Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast and Expected Operations for North Platte River Basin

They Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyoming, has prepared the May snowmelt runoff forecasts and operations for North Platte River Basin.  The May forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be above average.  Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 1,004,000 acre-feet (af) which is 111% of the 30-year average.  Approximately 228,500 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 151% of the April average.

As of April 30, storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs amounts to 1,822,745 af, which is 110% of the 30-year average.  The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2.8 million af.

Current releases are 2,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs out of Gray Reef Reservoir, and 930 cfs out of Guernsey Reservoir. 

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