Due to a lack of snowpack across the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains this year, a lower than normal amount of run-off is expected into the Missouri River reservoir system in the months ahead.
Kevin Grode with the US Army Corps of Engineers says this year’s run-off forecast calls for about ninety percent of average.
Grode says lower than normal levels of run-off are expected to continue throughout what is generally the portion of the year when run-off is at its highest.
Grode says run-off forecasts take into account factors such as soil moisture, snow-pack and the overall climate outlook.
Corps officials say releases at Gavins Point Dam averaged seventeen thousand cubic-feet-per-second throughout January and are expected to remain at that level through February unless downstream conditions require them to be adjusted.