Boise River flows continue to increase

Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 19:15:29-04

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers are advising people to be careful near the Boise River -- as flow continues to increase daily.

Beginning today, flows will increase from 1,800 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge to about 4,600 cfs by Friday, April 8th, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said. More flow increases are possible over the weekend, depending on weather conditions.

The flows are increasing due to above-average snowpack and winter precipitation in the watershed. The increases will help reduce the risk of flooding later in the spring, which can happen with rapidly melting snow and rain, officials stated. The water is running cold, deep, and fast; so everyone is urged to use caution near the river banks.

The Bureau of Reclamation coordinates Boise River operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who manage and operate Lucky Peak Dam.

A full supply of irrigation water is anticipated this summer.