Below is a press release from the BLM that made it into my mail this afternoon.  Down goes the Missouri….it’s gonna be skinny out there.  The Madison is already low as well, but with the recent rains, they might be a bit more of the white stuff up there in the Madison Range.  While this was a dry winter, the Madison and Missouri flowed higher than normal this past January and February.  PPL said, in a public meeting, that this was done because of a precipitation forecast that “predicted” more moisture than we got.  Opps, that was wrong.  And now the call for irrigation has come.

They have records of flows for over thirty years……….I wonder why they don’t pay more attention to a thirty year (or more) average than to what the weather man has to say.

CANYON FERRY RELEASES AND OPERATIONS: All times are Mountain Daylight Savings Time (MDST)
At 0100 on Tuesday, June 4, 2013:
Maintain releases through the river outlet gates at 0 cfs.
Maintain releases through the spillway gates at 0 cfs.
Decrease turbine release to ? 2,570 cfs (? 627 MW-Hrs/day using 98.4 cfs/mw).
Maintain release for Helena Valley Project at 630 cfs (300 cfs pumped to Helena Valley and 330 cfs discharged to the Missouri River).
Decrease release to the Missouri River to 2,900 cfs.
Decrease total release from Canyon Ferry to 3,200 cfs.
At 0100 on Wednesday, June 5, 2013:
Maintain releases through the river outlet gates at 0 cfs.
Maintain releases through the spillway gates at 0 cfs.
Decrease turbine release to ? 2,170 cfs (? 529 MW-Hrs/day using 98.4 cfs/mw).
Maintain release for Helena Valley Project at 630 cfs (300 cfs pumped to Helena Valley and 330 cfs discharged to the Missouri River).
Decrease release to the Missouri River to 2,500 cfs.
Decrease total release from Canyon Ferry to 2,800 cfs.