Even with below normal February precipitation across the southern two-thirds of Idaho, our snowpack ended the month near normal across most of the state. February precipitation was only about half of average across the west-central and central basins and increased to above average in the Clearwater and Panhandle Region. As a result, snowpacks decreased and currently range from 90-110% of normal for the majority of the state. The basins south of the Snake River continue to host the highest snowpacks at 110-130% of normal. The lowest snowpacks are in isolated pockets at about 85% of normal in the Spokane and Little Wood basins. Streamflow forecasts call for 80-110% of average across the majority of the state, except for the Owyhee, Bruneau, Salmon Falls and Oakley basins which are forecast at 115-140% of average. Reservoir storage increased slightly during February from the low elevation melt and February rains. Reservoirs are in good shape across the region. Weather patterns appear to be changing in the first full week of March with the potential to bring abundant moisture to the West coast and into Idaho. Stay tuned to see how long this wet pattern lasts and to see how it impacts water supply outlooks. One or two more storms will help to ensure an adequate supply across most of the state.
Our canal system encompasses nearly 48,000 acres. Beginning at our diversion gates on Minidoka Dam, water is flows approximately 13 miles via the Main Southside Canal to the 1st Lift Station in Declo, ID. The water is lifted 30 feet in elevation to form both the G Canal and the feeder canal for the 2nd Lift Station. At the 2nd Lift, the water is lifted 30 more feet in elevation to form both the H Canal and the feeder canal for the 3rd Lift Station. At 3rd Lift, the water is lifted the final 30 feet in elevation to form the J Canal. The Main Southside Canal as well as the G, H, and J canals are depicted on the main system map below in bold red. In total, the canal system is nearly 400 miles in length.
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Burley, ID 83318