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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Corps reports above normal May runoff in the Missouri River Basin

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division reports runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa during May was 4.3 million acre feet (MAF), 130 percent of normal.
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  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division reports runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa during May was 4.3 million acre feet (MAF), 130 percent of normal.  However, based on the current soil moisture and snowpack conditions, the 2014 runoff forecast has decreased slightly from 31.7 MAF last month to 31.1 MAF, 123 percent of normal.  Average annual runoff is 25.2 MAF.
     
    “As expected, May runoff was above normal due to the melt of the above average mountain snowpack, which began to enter the reservoirs in May,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.  “We are also forecasting above normal runoff in June and July as the snowmelt continues.  However, based on the amount of snow that has already melted, it appears that the total volume of runoff from the mountain snowmelt will be somewhat less than previously forecast.”

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