Treasure Valley water outlook good, thanks to February

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- the water outlook picture for the Treasure Valley wasn't that pretty in the early days of this new year.

"Because of the dry year we had last year, our reservoir levels were quite low," said Brian Sauer, a water expert with the Bureau of Reclamation in Boise. "And our snow pack started out not looking good early this winter."

But then came February, and what a difference a month makes.

"It sure does," said Ron Abramovich with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. " February's precipitation was great. It was just what we needed and brought twice the normal precipitation to the Boise Basin.

Arrowrock Reservoir is now 90 percent full and Lucky Peak is 61 percent full, which is encouraging news for local farmers this summer.

"Farmers should have an adequate irrigation supply here in the Treasure Valley," said Abramovich.

But what does it mean for those of us who live or play along the Greenbelt or who love to float the Boise River in the summer?

For one thing, it means they probably won't have to release that much water though town in the Boise River and they certainly don't expect to see it reach flood stages.

"But we may run out of (storage capacity) in the lower two reservoirs, Arrowrock and Lucky Peak," said Sauer. "and we may have to release some water, but nothing extreme."

"February made me shiver" -- so goes that famous song.

But this summer, February may be just thing that warms our water-loving hearts in Idaho