Snow Melt Runnoff Report

WaterThis just in from Greg Beckstrom, who is our Public Services Division Director.
This is the fourth year in a row, and the 6th time in the last 9 years, with mountain snow pack well below average. No potential exists this year for flooding problems associated with snow melt runoff. This will be the only report of the season.
The elevation of Utah Lake peaked in mid-March at 3.3 feel below compromise level, more than 4′ lower than this time in 2011. Recent cool, wet weather has stabilized the elevation, but it will head downward again with normal summer weather.
Current flows in the lower Provo River are approximately 150 cfs. The river flows peaked slightly above 500 cfs last Thursday (5/14) with a combination of June Sucker flows and the storm runnoff that day. They will drop below 100 cfs by the end of the month, and are expected to be approximately 50 cfs most of the summer.
The total snow pack in the frontal canyons east of Provo was slightly more than 50% of normal this year, the 4th year in a row at 70%, or less. Again, no runoff is expected out of the frontal canyons.
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