Missouri River Run Off Predicted Higher Than Normal

(WNAX) — The Corps of Engineers is expecting Missouri River basin run off to be slightly higher than normal this year. Nicole Shorney, a hydraulic engineer with the Corps in Omaha, says those conditions can change…

Joel Knofczynski, another Corps engineer, says river releases have been steady…

Knofczynski says they have plenty of flood storage available now…..

Releases from Oahe Dam averaged 20-thousand 80 cubic feet per second in December. Releases are expected to average 25-thousand, 100 c-f-s this month. The elevation in Oahe ended 2017 at 1606-point-six feet, which fell one-point-six feet during December. The elevation is expected to drop slightly, another point-three feet in January. The power plant at Oahe generated 209 million kilowatt hours of electricity in December. Normally river run off begins in March, and peaks in June.  Normally river run off begins in March, and peaks in June.