Releases from Lake McConaughy to
Elevate North Platte River Levels

On Monday, February 28, the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District increased water releases from Lake McConaughy to make room for spring inflows that are expected to be well above normal. This increase of water released has caused a rise in the North Platte River. The rise will be most noticable near North Platte as the river is approaching flood stage. According to the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, the releases are expected to continue through much of the spring and possibly into the summer. The length of elevated water releases from Lake McConaughy will be highly dependent on the spring weather precipitation and snow melt upstream of Lake McConaughy on the North Platte River Basin. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Platte and the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center will be monitoring the river levels closely.
 
For more information about the releases from Lake McConaughy from the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District...see the February 25 Press Release.
 
For more information about the current river levels...see the National Weather Service Advance Hydrological Prediction Service's Website.
 
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by Matt Masek
 


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