AHSAHKA, Idaho – To increase Dworshak Reservoir capacity to manage expected high inflows, water discharge from Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho, will continue to be increased about 1,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) per day. The increases will be made from 8 p.m to 9 p.m. each night through this weekend, as planned last week by regional water managers. The regional water managers are working to control flows from the reservoir into the North Fork of the Clearwater River to meet seasonal flood-risk-management requirements.
“February precipitation in the North Fork Clearwater River basin was 214 percent of normal,” said Steve Hall, Water Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District, which operates Dworshak Dam and Reservoir. “We’re anticipating more water inflow at Dworshak in the next 10 days. That’s what is now driving our flood-risk reduction and public safety decisions.”