Missouri River Basin Update - March 18, 2019
Fort Randall releases are being reduced back to zero. Gavins Point releases were reduced from 53,000 cfs to 43,000 cfs last evening (Sunday), and will be reduced further today (Monday). Heavy plains snow remains in the northern half of South Dakota and central North Dakota (upper right graphic). The National Weather Service is forecasting high flows on the Big Sioux, Vermillion, and James Rivers from melting snowpack. Mountain snowpack accumulation is about average (lower right graphic). System storage is 56.7 MAF; 0.6 MAF of the 16.3 MAF of flood control storage is occupied. About 96% of the flood control storage is available to store runoff this spring and summer.