Nearing the end of spring runoff season

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Now that we're heading into the middle of June, much of the snowpack in the higher elevations has melted and we've seen the peak of spring runoff season. Many of the reservoirs are stuffed to capacity and water resource managers are cutting back the amount being released from the dams now that natural flow rates are falling. Flow rates along the Boise River have dropped to just over 2,220 cubic feet per second(cfs) from roughly 4,500 cfs earlier in the week.

As it currently sits, the Boise River system is in great shape, sitting at just over 910,000 acre-feet compared the average of 802,000 acre-feet. The Payette River and Boise River systems are at 99% and 96% of overall capacity, respectively. The water supply being above average, not from this years below average snowpack levels, but from the abundance of carryover from the 2016-2017 water year.

Now that the river levels are dropping it won't be too long before it's 'safe' to be out recreating on them, however, depending on how quickly the remaining snowpack melts off could spike the levels a little bit. Be sure to be safe this weekend, rivers are still flowing swiftly and water temperatures are remain very chilly.

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