North Platte Flushing Flows Extended Through Thursday March 26th
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department cautions sportsmen that the flushing flows causing sizable increases in water flows in the North Platte River have been extended one day. Flows began on Mar. 16 and were originally scheduled to continue through Mar. 25, but will now continue to Mar.26. The Bureau of Reclamation experienced technical difficulties on Mar. 17 and conducting the high flow was postponed. The flow originally scheduled for Mar. 17 was rescheduled to Mar. 26, extending the duration of higher flow events one additional day.
Game and Fish has requested the flushing flows to maintain fish spawning habitats and to increase production of invertebrates that fish depend on for food. To accomplish the flushing flows, the Bureau of Reclamation begins releasing additional water from Gray Reef Reservoir in the early morning hours. Flows increase from approximately 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs and then gradually decrease back to 500 cfs each day, with the maximum flow occurring between 3-9 a.m. The schedule will be repeated through Mar. 26. The flows below Gray Reef Dam will then be stabilized at approximately 500 cfs for the remainder of the month.