Preparations underway for 2020 runoff season

Preparations underway for 2020 runoff season

OMAHA, Nebraska -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to prepare the Missouri River Mainstem System for the 2020 runoff season.

Gavins Point releases were increased from 30,000 cubic feet per second to 35,000 cfs this week. Normal winter released range between 12,000 and 17,000 cfs.

“All water from 2019 emptied from the System in late January. The higher-than-average winter releases from Gavins Point will allow us to maintain more flood storage for a longer period. This will provide flexibility to respond to runoff events downstream of Gavins Point while giving consideration to the ongoing levee rehabilitation construction efforts,” said John Remus, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

“Conditions permitting, releases from all projects will likely remain high during the remainder of winter. We will continue to monitor the basin conditions and will remain aggressive in our releases to the extent it is practicable,” added Remus.


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