Boise River flows going up six-fold by Monday, March 31

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMarch 28, 2014 

ROGER PHILLIPS — rphillips@idahostatesman.com

Wading is going to get a lot trickier in the Boise River, but surfs up for whitewater boaters. The Bureau of Reclamation is starting to gradually increase flows Saturday through Monday along the Boise River. Flows will increase from the current 300 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge to about 1,800 cfs by Monday morning. These flows are slightly higher than normal due to recent increases in snow and rain in the watershed.

Bureau of Reclamation officials say flows at the Glenwood Bridge will remain below the 7,000 cfs flood stage, but the increases will be noticeable to people along the Boise River.

“The increases are all part of normal springtime river operations and some routine maintenance on the New York Canal,” said Brian Sauer, Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager. “Our main concern is for public safety, the river is very cold and some riverbank areas could be unstable due to increased moisture.”

Reclamation coordinates Boise River operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who manage and operate Lucky Peak Reservoir. Reclamation expects an adequate water supply for irrigation and recreation activities through the season.

People can view real-time data of flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region at: HERE.

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