Casper, WY – According to the state officials, they have requested the flushing flow to improve fish spawning habitats and to increase the production of invertebrates that fish depend on for food.
The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from Gray Reef Reservoir in the early morning hours beginning Monday, March 20.
Flows will increase from approximately 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs and will then gradually decrease back to 450 cfs each day, with the maximum flow occurring between 3-7 a.m.
Flows from Gray Reef Dam will return to 450 cfs at 10 a.m. each day. The schedule will be repeated through March 29.
The flows below Gray Reef Dam will then be stabilized at approximately 450 cfs following the completion of the ten-day cycle.
The Game and Fish Department advises anglers and recreationists to know the potential dangers of flushing flows.
Because the flush will span the weekend, there is potential for more people to be wading or floating the river.