Corps of Engineers: runoff from six Missouri River dams to remain below normal

Jul 5, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says runoff from the six dams that feed the Missouri River will be below normal the rest of the year.

In a news release, Corps officials say the July runoff forecast shows below-normal runoff for the rest of 2012. It’s at 87-percent of normal north of Sioux City.

Jody Farhat, chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says the lower runoff means normal operating conditions. It won’t affect the navigation season, which ends November 24th at Omaha.

Releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota were at 31,700 cubic feet per second in June. Last year at this time, releases were five times that amount as Nebraska and Iowa saw major flooding.