CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
JUNE 10, 2010
Cloudy skies brighten summer water supply
The June Water Supply
Outlook Report issued by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) shows
spring precipitation made a positive change in
“The El Niño weather pattern
snapped the last week of March and storms since then have brought average or
better precipitation,” said Ron Abramovich, NRCS Water Supply Specialist. “These
weather changes resulted in an incredible turn-around; we now expect adequate
water supplies for most of
May precipitation ranged from
115-150 percent of average across the state. Higher elevations even accumulated
some snow. Higher elevation areas
Reservoirs across the state also benefited from increased precipitation. Reservoir storage was the bright spot in this year’s water supply outlook, but the wet spring reduced irrigation demand and improved the outlook by stretching this year’s limited water supplies.
The added spring moisture will benefit reservoir users from irrigators to hydro-power generators and from boaters and river runners to fish and wildlife.
Despite all the precipitation, stream flows in May were below average. “The melt water isn’t there to feed the streams yet because the cool weather is limiting snowmelt,” Abramovich added.
Spring rainfall can significantly influence peak stream flows, specifically the rain intensity and consecutive days with rain. For the most current information see the NRCS’s Peak Stream flow Resources page: http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/watersupply/peakflow.html.
For the complete June Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report, visit www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/snow and click on the ‘Water Supply’ link.