High water arrives in North Platte River

April 21, 2017

MILLS, Wyo. — In an effort to prevent flooding later this spring, the Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation has initiated earlier than normal releases from Guernsey Reservoir.

The releases began April 17, about two to three weeks earlier than normal, with 3,000 cubic feet per second reached on April 18. This level will be maintained through April. The releases are in preparation of high runoff.

According to Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca, “Steps are being taken to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into the North Platte Reservoirs over the next few weeks.

“Moving water downstream below Guernsey Reservoir now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other federal, state and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows.”