DRY SPRING-LOWER WATER LEVELS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Upper Missouri River Basin has recorded the ninth driest April in 123 years of record keeping. As a result, Fort Peck Reservoir's elevation is 4 feet lower than it was last year and 9 feet lower than in 2019. The Bureau of Reclamation also is predicting lower inflows to Bighorn Reservoir this spring — only 66% of average. Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Missouri River Basin Water Management Division John Remus urges all water users to begin preparing for the possibility of lower river levels later this summer and during the fall and winter.