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US Corp of Engineers release report on drought situation

Posted on October 27, 2022

The US Army Corps of Engineers released a report about the Missouri River for September. Once again, the Missouri River basin has experienced below average runoff due to September lack of precipitation. 

Soil conditions continue to be very dry and according to the Drought Mitigation Center, over 90% of the Missouri River basin is currently experiencing some form of abnormally dry condition or drought, which is almost 20% worse than August. 

Gavins Point Dam releases will be set to provide navigation flow support at a level 500 cfs above minimum service at all four target locations of: Sioux City, Omaha, Nebraska City and Kansas City.

Winter releases are determined based on September 1 system storage. Winter releases from Gavins Point Dam will be at a minimum rate of 12,000 cfs in anticipation of the low winter releases. 

The volume of water in the Missouri River downstream of the System towards Kansas City will be adequate for water supply needs.


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