Flow from Palisades Reservoir being reduced

By: AP
By: AP

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is reducing the amount of water that flows out of a reservoir on the Wyoming-Idaho state line.

Palisades Reservoir is only about 24 percent full right now. Bureau officials say they need to raise that level some in order to have enough water to generate electricity at Palisades Dam this summer.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/1c7o9Z6 ) Palisades Reservoir is part of a huge storage system that provides irrigation water to Idaho potato farmers. Electricity generated at the dam goes mostly toward running irrigation systems.

Hydrologists don't expect to see above-average snow melt that could help to raise the reservoir this year. They plan to reduce water flows from 1,200 to 900 cubic feet per second in the days ahead.

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