Boise River flows to increase

Posted at 3:31 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 17:31:51-04

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are advising people to take caution along the Boise River -- as flows will be increasing daily beginning Tuesday, March 29. The flows will increase from the current level of 250 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge to approximately 2,250 cubic-feet-per-second by Friday, April 1, said USBR spokesman Michael Williamson.

“These flows are increasing due to above-average snowpack and winter precipitation in the watershed and will help reduce the risk of flooding later in the spring, which can happen with rapidly melting snow and rain,” Williamson said.

Officials are advising the public to be aware of the danger associated with increased Boise River flows. The water is deep, cold, and fast. Extreme caution should be used near river banks.

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.