Water from northwest Wyoming dam could be released early

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.



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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Water managers in northwest Wyoming are considering increasing the rate at which water is released from the Jackson Lake Dam earlier than usual to clear space for what's likely to be a major runoff this spring.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported (http://bit.ly/2mVW5UF) Friday that Bureau of Reclamation managers have tentatively planned moving away from winter flow levels as early as next week. But a permanent release schedule is still in the works.

The bureau's water managers say the timing and intensity of the increase in water moving out of Jackson Lake depends on the agency's March snowpack and runoff forecast. As of Thursday, those records had not yet been complete.

Boosting releases into the Snake River earlier than usual isn't expected to have a big impact on fish.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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