Idaho's Water Supply Outlook Is Off To A Strong Start
BOISE – The Natural Resources Conservation Service just released the first water supply outlook report for the 2017 water year. Precipitation since the water year started on October 1, 2016, varies across the state with the majority of the watershed basins at 95 to 175% of normal.
“January 15th marks winter’s half way point which is when Mother Nature usually deposits half of the winter’s snowfall in our mountains,” said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist with the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service.
In a repeat of last year, the highest snowpack is in the state’s Owyhee and Bruneau basins with close to 150% of average. The lowest snowpacks are between 65 and 80% of average in the Panhandle Region basins.
Based on Idaho’s Surface Water Supply Index, water supplies around the state should be above normal. With early snow accumulation so high across most of the state, water supplies look promising, but higher-than-average snowfall in the lower and mid-elevations could play an important role in the water season if it sticks around..
“We’re in the fourth inning of the game,” Abramovich said. “With half the winter still to come, expect the water supply outlook to change.”
For information on specific basins, streams, and reservoirs, please view the full report online at January Water Supply Outlook Report.