A weekly agricultural newspaper reported on the water outlook this week and it seems the situation our research team has been describing at Island Park Reservoir is reflected system wide.
"Snake Plain water managers were planning for a strong water year in March, but peak flows arrived early, limiting storage accumulation, and the summer has brought little precipitation and a prolonged stretch of high temperatures."
"With natural flows prematurely diminished, Swank said, water users have been rapidly drafting storage, which has accounted for 70 percent of his water district’s recent use. Reservoirs were 44 percent full as of Aug. 10, with American Falls Reservoir just a quarter full."
Read the full article here.