AHSAHKA — Water managers for the Army Corps of Engineers are increasing flows leaving Dworshak Reservoir starting early this morning.
According to a news release from the agency, flows will begin rising from about 9,500 cubic feet per second at 12:01 a.m. today and gradually increase until they reach about 12,500 cubic feet per second. The increased flows are expected to raise the Clearwater River level by about 9 inches at a U.S. Geological Survey gauge at Peck.
Each summer the agency, in cooperation with regional salmon managers, releases about 2 million acre-feet of water from the reservoir. The goal is to protect salmon and steelhead by lowering water temperatures and increasing flows in the Snake River. By the end of the season, about mid-September, the elevation of Dworshak Reservoir typically drops 80 feet.