Libby Dam flow update – June 12, 2012
by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Libby Dam
June 12, 2012
Current Koocanusa Reservoir elevation: 2436.8 feet (full is 2459 feet)
Current Koocanusa Reservoir inflow: ~48 kcfs
Current Libby Dam outflow: 33 kcfs
Libby Dam outflow increased from 32 kcfs (PHC + 6 kcfs spill) to 33 kcfs (PHC + 7 kcfs spill) at 0400 MDT this morning, 12 June. This outflow increase is part of a reservoir operation designed to augment spring and summer flows for Kootenai River white sturgeon. While the intent is to keep the river high this week, we will continue to adjust Libby Dam outflow to keep the Kootenai River below flood stage at Bonners Ferry and to maintain acceptable total dissolved gas (nitrogen) saturation levels in the river below Libby Dam.
The April-August inflow volume forecast is 7,240 KAF, which is 123 percent of the 1975-2009 average. Refill at Libby dam began 14 April.
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Short term forecasts for Libby Dam elevations and inflows can be found here:
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