Idaho's Snowpack Still Highby Staff
Capital Press, February 24, 2006
Idaho's snowpack remains average or above average across the state, and officials are already taking flood control measures to make room for anticipated high spring runoff.
Colder temperatures and wet weather in the coming weeks should delay that runoff, and help build and sustain the snowpacks well into the spring, say members of the Idaho Water Supply Committee.
At a Feb. 16 meeting in Boise, the committee said it remains cautiously optimistic about what this year's water supply means to the overall drought cycle.
Spring flows in the Snake River Canyon near Hagerman are expected to reach record lows this year, an indication that the effects of six years of drought are still being felt, members said.
River flows should provide plenty of recreational activities, and reawaken Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls, one of Idaho's most scenic attractions. However, it is too early to tell how large flows will be in the coming months, they said.
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