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By Dustin Bleizeffer
Wyofile.com 

Drought prompts 'unprecedented' drawdown of the Flaming Gorge

The release of an extra 500,000 acre feet of water is intended to help maintain hydroelectric power generation at Lake Powell.

 


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will release an extra 500,000 acre feet of water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to help maintain hydroelectric generation at Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam amid drought conditions that have parched the West for more than two decades.

The action will draw down Flaming Gorge Reservoir’s surface about 10 feet by August and possibly a total of 15 feet later in the fall, according to the BOR. News of the Flaming Gorge release follows calls on two other river systems in Wyoming in April. Those actions were also prompted by “supply side” water shortages due to...



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