Bureau of Reclamation

05/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/15/2019 11:04

Reclamation hosting Jackson Lake Dam operations information meeting

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322, [email protected]

For Release: May 15, 2019

HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will host a meeting to present streamflow forecasts and projected reservoir operations for Jackson Lake Dam and other Snake River reservoirs on May 23. The meeting will be held at the 49er Inn conference room, 330 W. Pearl Street, Jackson, Wyoming at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will focus primarily on the runoff forecast for the Snake River near Heise, Idaho, water supply outlook, river flow management and snowpack conditions. Currently, the runoff forecast is 107% of average, and the current storage in Jackson Lake is at 77% of capacity. The lake is expected to fill in June, with moderate demand for storage releases over the summer.

With the current snowpack, there may be potential for flooding along the Snake River in Teton County due to possible significant inflows from tributaries. The tributaries also may experience high flows and flood flows. Caution is advised in these areas during the snowmelt season. Flood operations are determined by a forecast coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Reclamation for the Snake River above Heise. Flooding potential will be discussed in the meeting.

The meeting facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Darrin Fredrickson at (208) 678-0461, ext. 17, TTY 711, to request sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or other auxiliary aids.

Current river and reservoir data are available at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/.

For more information about Reclamation programs, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html.

Jackson Lake Dam is located on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park near Moran, Wyoming. The dam is part of the Minidoka Project and was originally constructed in 1911. Parts of the dam were later replaced in 1989 under the authority of Reclamation's Safety of Dams Act.

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