According to the Missouri River Water Management Division, conditions of the Missouri River have shown some improvement over the last few months. Click to hear Chief Jody Farhat speak on the matter.
Farhat said recent flooding has not masked the affects of last year’s drought. “Levels in the upper three reservoirs are up 4 to 8 feet compared to the lows experienced earlier this year. However, even with the improved moisture conditions they are not expected to refill.” She added, “The reservoirs remain 6 to 9 feet below the top of the conservation pool.”
Operations conducted by the Missouri River Water Management Division have decreased flood duration in many locations. Farhat said these are part of normal operations, and despite the recent flooding, the waterway is still suffering from last year’s minimal precipitation.
“Over the past several months we have seen a significant improvement in drought conditions in Missouri River basin.” She added, “With that said, drought still remains over the southwestern portion, and our run-off forecast for the 2013 calendar year remains below normal.”