Boise River flows set to increase June 29

The Bureau of Reclamation will increase the water discharge from Lucky Peak Dam Monday, the bureau announced Friday.

The discharge will increase approximately 400 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Bridge gauging station and result in a flow of approximately 1,200 cfs through the city of Boise, according to a Bureau of Reclamation news release.

The river will be swifter than in recent weeks, and the water is cold. Flow will remain at these higher levels through most of July and will return to normal midsummer flow at the end of July. Officials urge residents to use caution when recreating near the river.

This increase in flow is to provide additional water for salmon migration in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers in accordance with NOAA Fisheries 2008 Upper Snake Biological Opinion, under the Endangered Species Act.

For real-time Boise River flow information, visit Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region Hydromet website: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/.